Baker's Three Pointer Stings Yellow Jackets

By: Marc Davis Email
By: Marc Davis Email

March 3, 2008

Sean Singletary scored 17 points and dished out six assists, while Laurynas Mikalauskas added 15 points and seven rebounds, as the Cavalier men's basketball team topped Georgia Tech, 76-74. With the win, Virginia improves to 4-10 in the ACC with two conference match ups remaining.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a lead as large as seven points late in the first half, and led, 42-38, at halftime. The Cavaliers came out firing, opening up a seven point lead of their own a little more than five minutes into the second half. Georgia Tech trimmed the lead, and led by one with 40 seconds remaining.

Singletary came away with a steal at the 40 second mark, drove down the court, missed a lay up, but Calvin Baker was there to follow, putting Virginia up 73-72. The Yellow Jackets responded, as Jeremis Smith drove baseline right by Mikalauskas and scored on an up and under lay in. Singletary took the inbounds pass with eleven seconds remaining, penetrated, kicked it out to Baker, who nailed the three pointer with 4.5 second to play. That proved to be the game winner, as the Cavs took the win, 76-74.

This was a back and forth game, as the game was tied six times, and featured 14 lead changes. Baker and Mamadi Diane both had ten points on the night, rounding out the Wahoos in double figures. Georgia Tech's Zach Peacock led all scorers with a game high 23 points.

Virginia has two games remaining on its schedule, and will host Duke on Wednesday night at John Paul Jones Arena. Tip off is set for 7:00.

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