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No. 5 Virginia Upset by Matt Haarms, Unranked Purdue in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorDecember 5, 2019

Purdue guard Jahaad Proctor (3) signals a 3-point basket against Virginia during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Sasha Stefanovic posted 20 points and four steals as unranked Purdue shocked No. 5 Virginia 69-40 Wednesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Matt Haarms added 11 points and five rebounds for the host Boilermakers, who have won four of their last five after a 1-2 start. Jahaad Proctor added 16 points, four steals and four boards.

Purdue used a 12-0 run to take a 26-9 lead in the first half and never looked back. The Boilermakers also grabbed a 32-17 halftime edge.

Virginia, which shot just 37.2 percent from the field, was unable to come closer than 15 points of Purdue in the second half. The Cavaliers made just four of 24 three-pointers and committed as many turnovers as made field goals (16).

Purdue ended the game on an 18-4 run.

The Boilermakers defense was exceptional, but the team also made 13 of 25 three-pointers against a Virginia team ranked first in Division I in adjusted defensive efficiency, per KenPom.com. Stefanovic led that effort with a 6-of-10 performance from beyond the arc.

The game was a rematch of a thrilling Elite Eight matchup in the NCAA tournament last year, which UVA won 80-75 in overtime.

A few of the key players from that contest have moved to the NBA, including Purdue guard Carsen Edwards, but the remaining Boilermakers got their revenge on the Cavaliers with the 29-point win at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana.

UVA entered the game with a 7-0 record after beating its first seven opponents by an average of 14.9 points. The Cavaliers were coming off a 46-26 win over Maine in which they held the Black Bears to 18.6 percent shooting.

But the defending NCAA champion's offense has been a work in progress all year, with the Cavaliers ranking 114th in efficiency entering Wednesday, per KenPom.com. Virginia also entered the game ranked 293rd in Division I in field-goal percentage.

UVA doesn't have much time to regroup, as the Cavaliers will host No. 7 North Carolina on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. As for Purdue, the Boilermakers will begin Big Ten play against Northwestern on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.