Cavaliers Fall At Wake Forest, 80-64

February 9, 2008

The Cavs hold the lone spot at the bottom of the conference cellar, slipping to 1-8, after their 80-64 loss to Wake Forest Saturday afternoon.

Virginia head coach Dave Leitao sent out a new starting lineup Saturday, hoping Jamil Tucker, Jeff Jones, and Ryan Pettinella would provide a spark for the struggling Cavaliers.

The loss marked the Cavaliers' sixth straight ACC loss, and their 1-8 conference mark is the worst start in program history since 1985.

Only two Cavalier players finished the game in double figures. Senior forward Ryan Pettinella got the start and finished the game with a double-double, 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Sean Singletary finished the game with 21 points, leading a late Cavalier charge, cutting a double-digit deficit and bringing the Cavaliers within three points with under five minutes to play. But the Demon Deacons were too much for the Cavaliers down the stretch.

Wake Forest entered the game averaging seven made 3-pointes per ACC contest, but the Demon Deacons connected on 10-21 (47%) from behind the arc.

With the loss, the Cavaliers fall to 11-11 overall and will face a tough North Carolina team Tuesday at John Paul Jones Arena at 8:00.

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