National Basketball Association
Virginia 51, Louisville 50
When: 9:30 PM ET, Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Officials: # Bert Smith, # Lee Cassell, # Clarence Armstrong
Attendance: 8174

Jayden Gardner scored 17 points and Kihei Clark racked up 15 points as Virginia fended off Louisville for a 51-50 victory in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament's second round Wednesday night in New York.

Gardner made two free throws with 4.2 seconds left for a 51-47 lead before Louisville's El Ellis drained a shot from near midcourt with 0.1 to play.

Sixth-seeded Virginia (19-12) meets No. 25 North Carolina (23-8), the third seed for the tournament, in Thursday night's last quarterfinal. The Cavaliers probably need at least another victory to seriously enter the conversation for an NCAA Tournament bid.

Louisville went 2-10 since Mike Pegues became the interim coach, replacing Chris Mack in late January following a road loss to Virginia.

Malik Williams scored 11 points to go with 13 rebounds, Samuell Williamson posted nine points and Noah Locke had eight points for the No. 11 seed Cardinals (13-19), who won a night earlier against Georgia Tech in the first round.

Virginia provided a tougher defense. Louisville made just 35.7 percent of its shots, including 5-for-22 on 3-point attempts.

Gardner was 7-for-12 from the field and Clark shot 7-for-14, while the rest of the Cavaliers were a combined 7-for-24 from the floor.

Gardner put Virginia up 45-42 with a basket in the lane with three minutes left. Locke's 3-pointer for Louisville tied the score before Gardner's next basket with 1:28 left.

Another defensive stop for Virginia came before Reece Beekman's basket with 40 seconds remaining.

Louisville never trailed in the first half, but led just 24-20 at the break. This came despite Virginia going 2-for-18 from the field on its first 20 shots across the first 11 minutes.

Virginia won both regular-season meetings with Louisville, including Saturday's 71-61 road victory.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Louisville   Virginia
Malik Williams 11 Scoring Jayden Gardner 17
Jarrod West 3 Assists Reece Beekman 9
Malik Williams 13 Rebounds Francisco Caffaro 8
Dre Davis 2 Free Throws Made Jayden Gardner 3
Malik Williams 3 Steals Kihei Clark 2
Malik Williams 3 Blocks Kadin Shedrick 3
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Louisville 50 35.7 5-22 5-9 7 34 4 9 12
Virginia 51 42.0 0-6 9-13 11 29 4 4 10