February 2, 2008
The woes continued for the Cavalier Men's Basketball Team, falling at Virginia Tech, 72-65, in overtime. Sean Singletary scored 26 points in the loss, the lone bright spot for Virginia.
The Wahoos put together runs of 14-0 in the first half and 11-0 in the second half to take the lead, and appeared to be on the verge of slamming the door on the Hokies, but Virginia Tech had a response for both. The first half run was answered by a 12-0 stretch by Virginia Tech, and came back to tie the game and take the lead in the second half, before sending the contest into the extra session. Virginia led the contest at halftime, 26-25, despite the Hokie stretch that ended the frame.
The Hokies kicked off overtime with a 10-2 run, and made their free throws down the stretch to complete the season sweep of Virginia, and win their third consecutive game.
The Cavaliers, meanwhile, lose their fourth straight contest, the longest losing streak in the Dave Leitao era. Virginia has also fallen in seven of its last eight games. The Wahoos fall to 11-9, 1-6 in the conference. The six ACC losses eclipses last year's conference loss total. Virginia finished 11-5 in ACC play a year ago, tied for the conference regular season title.
Singletary's 26 points extend his consecutive games in double figures streak to 42. It also marks the tenth time this season that he has scored 24 points or more in a game. He continues to put up numbers, despite battling a hip pointer, which caused him to exit the game briefly in the first half of play today.
Virginia Tech has experienced overtime success against the Cavaliers this season. On January 16, the Hokies topped the Cavs in overtime, 70-69, on Deron Washington's tip in as time expired in the extra session.
Virginia returns to action on Thursday, as the Cavaliers host Clemson at John Paul Jones Arena. Last season, the Cavs overcame a 14 points deficit in the final ten minutes to come back and top the Tigers at Little John Coliseum. Tip off for Thursday's match up is set for 7:00pm.
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