Virginia narrowly tops Mississippi State 60-57 in NIT

Franklin splashes clutch 3 for Virginia (0:18)

Virginia's Kihei Clark dishes to Armaan Franklin for a big-time 3-pointer in the final minutes. (0:18)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- — Jayden Gardner had 16 points, Reece Beekman added 14 and Virginia beat Mississippi State 60-57 in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday night.

Beekman made two free throws with 35 seconds left for a seven-point lead.

Kihei Clark added eight points and nine assists for Virginia (20-13).

Tolu Smith had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (18-16). Iverson Molinar and Garrison Brooks each had 13 points.


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