NEW YORK — London Perrantes described himself as passive. Tony Bennett, his coach, used adjectives like rusty and winded.
That was the first half for the Virginia guard who had an appendectomy nine days ago and missed two games as he recovered.
He turned out to be well enough to score 13, all in the second half, as the 10th-ranked Cavaliers beat No. 14 West Virginia 70-54 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
"I was a little passive. I just wanted to get back in the groove," Perrantes said of the first half when he didn't take a shot. "I felt I wasn't myself. The best thing for me was to be aggressive. I was and I got my feet back."
He made 5 of 6 shots from the field in the second half, including all three 3-pointers, as the Cavaliers (8-1) bounced back from a six-point halftime deficit to cruise past the Mountaineers (7-1) over the final minutes.
"I don't want to make an excuse for him. He was out and had an appendectomy," Bennett said. "He practiced twice and it was a little intense (Monday), but it's the way it is in a game. He looked a little winded, a little rusty but he responded, and that's the beautiful thing."
NO. 12 XAVIER 90, WRIGHT ST. 55: Trevon Bluiett had a career-high 22 points and added 11 rebounds for the host Musketeers, who used a 25-point run to improve to 9-0 for the first time in seven years.
NO. 16 BAYLOR 75, N'WESTERN ST. 62: Rico Gathers had a career-high 31 points and a season-high 21 rebounds, and the Bears (7-1) pulled away in the second half. It was the 31st straight non-conference home win for Baylor.
NO. 19 SMU 82, MICHIGAN 58: Jordan Tolbert got most of his 23 points on rim-rattling dunks and had nine rebounds for the host Mustangs (7-0). Nic Moore had 15 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers before assisting on consecutive dunks by Tolbert during a 13-2 run late in the first half that put SMU in total control. Tolbert had nine dunks and finished 11-of-12 shooting.
COACH K HONORED: Madison Square Garden honored Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski for his 1,000th win about 11 months after he became the first Division I coach to reach four figures. The arena included him in Garden 366, a photo tribute featuring a special moment from every day of the year.
NO. 5 MARYLAND 97, LOYOLA (MD.) 47: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 21 points and Brene Moseley 15 for the host Terrapins (9-0), who shot 36-of-68 (52.9 percent) from the field to rout their crosstown rival.