November 30, 2009
Sylven Landesberg scored 18 points to lead the Cavalier men's basketball team, but it was not enough, as Virginia fell to Penn State on Monday night, 69-66, in the first game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The loss drops Virginia's record to 4-3 and it marks their second straight loss in the event.
The Cavaliers jumped out strong in the first half and opened up a lead early on. Virginia held the Nittany Lions in check and went into the locker room up 27-21 at halftime. Mike Scott scored 12 points and hit all six of his field goal attempts in the first half of play.
The second half saw Penn State open on a 27-7 run to change things dramatically. The Nittany Lions used the run to open up a 14 point lead and led by a dozen as the final media time out was called. That's when Tony Bennett's team came alive. The Cavaliers charged back and pulled to within one point. Virginia found itself down, 69-66, with five seconds left, but Sammy Zeglinski's leaning three point attempt was off the mark as the buzzer sounded.
In addition to Landesberg's 18, Scott scored 17 points and Zeglinksi scored 16, eleven of which came in the game's final 1:17. Penn State's Talor Battle scored a game high 32 points, 28 of which came in the second half.
Penn State becomes the first Big Ten team to win three straight games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Virginia returns to action on December 7 as the Cavaliers travel to Auburn. Click on the above video link for highlights and reaction from Monday's contest with Penn State.