March 26, 2008
Jeff Jones scored a career high 26 points, but it was not enough, as Bradley topped the Virginia men's basketball team, 96-85, in CBI semifinal action tonight. The loss ends the Cavaliers season with a 17-16 record.
Things looked good for Virginia early on, as they jumped out to a 30-16 lead, but a 15-0 Braves run put Bradley on top, 31-30. The game remained close through the remainder of the half, as the two teams went into halftime tied at 42.
The second half saw the Cavaliers score the first five points. Jeff Jones hit a three pointer to open the half, and Ryan Pettinella hit a lay up to make it 47-42 in favor of Virginia. The two teams continued to battle, as they were tied at 58 with 11:53 remaining.
That's when Bradley got hot. The Braves went on an 11-0 run, holding the Wahoos scoreless for 3:36 to seal the win. Virginia would get no closer than ten for the remainder of the game, as the Braves locked up the 96-85 win.
As for Jones, he had the best game of his career in the loss, by far. The freshman shot 9-14 from the floor, including 6-8 from beyond the arc, and set his career high of 26 points.
The game also marked the final game in a Cavalier uniform for Sean Singletary. The senior guard posted 17 points and dished out eight assists in his collegiate finale. Singletary left the game for good with 48 seconds remaining to a standing ovation at John Paul Jones Arena.
Jeremy Crouch scored a game high of 27 points for Bradley. After going 0-7 from three point range in the first half, Crouch came back to hit all five of his long distance attempts in the second half.