Cavs Lose Heartbreaker to Auburn

By: Marc Davis Email
By: Marc Davis Email

December 7, 2009

Sylven Landesberg scored a game high 20 points for the Cavalier men's basketball team, but it was not enough as Virginia fell at Auburn on Monday night, 68-67. The loss drops Virginia's record to 4-4 and leaves a sour taste heading into winter break.

The Cavaliers started off strong and built an eleven point lead in the first half. Landesberg scored 17 of his 20 points by halftime to fuel the Virginia run, but Auburn went on a late run of its own to cut the lead to two by halftime. Virginia led 34-32 at the break.

The second half saw the two teams go back and forth with a number of lead changes. Virginia trailed 66-64 when Sammy Zeglinski attempted a three pointer and was fouled, sending him to the line with 7.7 seconds to play. A focused Zeglinski sank all three free throws to put the Cavaliers in front, 67-66. Auburn's DeWayne Reed took the inbounds pass and drove all the way to the basket, but missed a lay up attempt. The Cavaliers saw their lead disappear when Brandon Knox tipped in Reed's miss to put the Tigers on top, 68-67, with 1.4 seconds to play. Virginia was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer and suffered its fourth loss of the season. It marks the second time in as many years that Auburn has beaten the Cavaliers.

Zeglinski scored 18 points for the Cavs, including five three pointers. Reed scored 18 points to lead Auburn on the night.

Virginia will not play another game until December 19 when the Cavaliers welcome UNC Wilmington to John Paul Jones Arena. Click on the above video link to view highlights of Monday's game against Auburn.

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