Cavaliers Top Old Dominion in Exciting Fashion

By: Marc Davis Email
By: Marc Davis Email

March 24, 2008

Sean Singletary scored 22 points and dished out ten assists to lead the Cavalier men's basketball team past Old Dominion, 80-76, in the College Basketball Invitational quarterfinals. Virginia advances to the semifinals, which will be decided following all of tonight's quarterfinal action.

The Monarchs jumped out to a 12-2 lead out of the gate, and led by five half way through the first half. Old Dominion had widened the gap to eight by halftime, leading 37-29, behind 16 first half points from Brian Henderson.

The second half saw the Cavaliers make a comeback, as they opened up a six point lead midway through the second half. The final ten minutes saw a majority of the six ties and seven lead changes, but with a minute to play, Old Dominion held a 74-72 lead.

Two free throws from Sean Singletary and a free throw by Brian Henderson made the score 75-72. Singletary got the ball in his hands, used a Lars Mikalauskas screen, and banked in a three pointer from the top of the key, tying the score at 75 with 17 seconds to play. The Monarchs dribbled down, looking to set up a play to hit the game winner, when Singletary then stole the ball, made a lay up, and was fouled with four seconds left. After the free throw, the Cavs led 78-75,
and held on for the 80-76 win.

Five Cavaliers posted double figures tonight. In addition to Singletary, Mamadi Diane added 14 points, Jamil Tucker had eleven, and Jeff Jones and Lars Mikalauskas both had ten.

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