Joel Scott had 23 factors and 11 rebounds as Colorado State received an NCAA Tournament recreation for the primary time in 11 years, blowing out Virginia 67-42 within the First Four on Tuesday evening.

Colorado State’s Isaiah Stevens reacts after making a three-point basket through the first half of a First Four school basketball recreation in opposition to Virginia within the NCAA Tournament in Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday, March 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)(AP/Jeff Dean)

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Joel Scott had 23 factors and 11 rebounds as Colorado State received an NCAA Tournament recreation for the primary time in 11 years, blowing out Virginia 67-42 within the First Four on Tuesday evening.

Nique Clifford scored 17 factors and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Rams (25-10), who advance as a No. 10 seed to play seventh-seeded Texas in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday.

Reece Beekman had 15 factors on 4-of-16 capturing for Virginia, which hasn’t received an NCAA Tournament recreation because it received the nationwide title in 2019. That stretch contains two first-round losses as a No. 4 seed.

The Cavaliers’ ugly efficiency ignited extra debate about whether or not they need to have made the match area. Although Virginia completed third within the Atlantic Coast Conference, it had simply two Quad 1 wins and struggled offensively all season.

Colorado State dominated the boards and the Cavaliers couldn’t sustain, capturing 25% for the sport. The Rams shot 55%, out-rebounded the Cavaliers 43-24 and scored 36 factors within the paint.

Virginia completed with the second-fewest factors by an ACC workforce within the NCAA Tournament, trailing solely coach Tony Bennett’s 2017 Cavaliers squad, which misplaced 65-39 to Florida within the second spherical.

Virginia shot terribly from the start, with Colorado State constructing a 27-14 lead on the break.

The Cavaliers hit 5 of 29 photographs — 17% — within the first half, failing to get a basket within the final 9:20. Beekman was 1 of 9, whereas Scott had 10 factors for the Rams on the break.

The Rams scored the primary eight factors of the second half earlier than Virginia received one other basket.

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Colorado State will play Texas at 6:50 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

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