February 12, 2008
Sean Singletary scored 27 points, but it was not enough, as the Cavalier men's basketball team fell in heart-breaking fashion to North Carolina, 75-74. The loss marks Virginia's seventh straight, and tenth loss in its last eleven games.
The Tar Heels came out strong, at one point leading the Cavs by a 20-7 count early in the first half. Virginia came back, at one point taking the 29-28 lead, and went into halftime down seven. The second half was back and forth, as both teams traded buckets, but North Carolina held the edge late in the contest.
With less than a minute to play, Calvin Baker hit a clutch three pointer to pull Virginia to within two, 73-71. North Carolina came right back, getting the ball inside to Tyler Hansbrough, who hit a jump hook to increase the Tar Heel lead to four. Back on the other end, Singletary hit a triple with 13 seconds to play to cut the Carolina lead to just one. Virginia, however, had trouble fouling, and got to Wayne Ellington with 2.3 seconds to play. Ellington missed the front end of a one-and-one, but the ball was tipped around, and time expired, giving the Tar Heels the 75-74 edge.
In addition to his 27 points, Singletary also added six rebounds and seven assists. Calvin Baker was the only other Cavalier in double figures in scoring, as he scored ten.
Hansbrough finished with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Ellington chipped in 19. Deon Thompson added 12 for North Carolina in the win. The Tar Heels improve to 23-2 overall, 8-2 in the ACC.
As for the Cavaliers, they return to the road for their next two contests. Virginia travels to Boston College on Sunday for a 1:00 showdown with the Eagles. Boston College represents the Cavaliers' lone ACC win on the season. After that, it's off to Atlanta next Thursday for a showdown with Georgia Tech.