January 16, 2008
Sean Singletary scored 34 points and pulled down ten rebounds, but it wasn't enough, as the Virginia Men's Basketball Team fell to Virginia Tech, 70-69, in overtime. The loss drops the Cavaliers' ACC record to 0-2.
Virginia Tech started out strong, opening up the game on a 9-0 run, before the Cavaliers came back to tie the game at 18 midway through the first half. The two teams exchanged buckets for a better part of the half, but Virginia went into the locker room up 38-34 at the half. Singletary scored 23 of his 34 points in the first half.
The second half was dominated by Virginia, but the Hokies were able to prevail at the right times. Mike Scott slammed home a dunk at the 17:20 mark, and the Cavaliers did not trail for the rest of the half. Virginia led 61-53 with 7:13 remaining, but the Hokies closed the half on a 10-2 run to send the game into overtime.
Virginia also led for most of overtime, taking the 65-64 lead at 4:22, and leading until the final buzzer. The Wahoos led, 69-68, with four seconds remaining, but Deron Washington drove the lane and put home the winning lay up as time expired, giving the Hokies the 70-69 win.
The loss marks only the third loss all time that Virginia has suffered at John Paul Jones Arena, and the three losses have come by a combined four points. The Cavaliers fall to 10-5 on the season, 0-2 in ACC play, and have lost three straight games. Virginia Tech is now 2-1 in the conference, 11-6 overall, and is on a three game winning streak.
Virginia welcomes Boston College to Charlottesville on Saturday. The Eagles lead the ACC with a 3-0 conference record. Tip off is set for 8:00pm.