February 15, 2009
The Cavaliers men's basketball stunned the college basketball nation on Sunday. Defeating the 11th ranked Clemson Tigers 85-81 in overtime to avoid losing nine straight games for the first time since the 1961-62 season.
The Cavs came out hot in the first half, catching the Tigers off-balance and took a 33-25 lead into the break. However, in the second half Clemson used a 14-0 run in the opening minutes to climb into the lead. Virginia wouldn't quit. Despite being outscored in the second half, Virginia managed to keep the game within reach, and thanks to a Sylven Landesberg lay-up with 13.4 seconds left in regulation, the Cavs took the Tigers into overtime.
In the overtime period, Terrance Oglesby nailed a three to open up the scoring. Virginia would answer back with a Jamil Tucker jumper and a Sammy Zeglinski fast break lay-up to ultimately put Clemson away 85-81.
Virginia had five players in double figures. Landesberg led all scorers with 23 points, Mike Scott had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Zeglinski had 15 points on the night.
Up next for the Cavs, a rematch with in-state and conference rival Virginia Tech on Wednesday night at 8pm at John Paul Jones Arena.