No. 7 Virginia beats Providence for Emerald Coast title

Virginia guard London Perrantes (32) drives to the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Providence at the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Virginia won 63-52. (Photo: Gary McCullough, AP)
Virginia guard London Perrantes (32) drives to the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Providence at the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Virginia won 63-52. (Photo: Gary McCullough, AP)

By BILL KACZOR
Associated Press

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — London Perrantes and Darius Thompson scored 11 points each and No. 7 Virginia beat Providence 63-52 to win the Emerald Coast Classic on Saturday night.

Virginia (6-0) entered the game leading the nation in scoring defense, giving up only 39.2 points per game. Providence (4-2) topped the season-high 51 that UNC Greensboro scored against the Cavaliers, but had trouble penetrating the tight defense that denies post touches and forces contested jumpers.

Mamadi Diakite added 10 points for Virginia.

Jalen Lindsey led Providence with 18 points. Rodney Bullock added 16, but that was short of his 20.4 average.