Virginia Men Top Georgia Tech in ACC Opener

December 28, 2008

The Virginia men's basketball team beat Georgia Tech 88-84 in overtime to earn its first conference win of the season.

Down three points with under 20 seconds to go in regulation, Jamil Tucker hit a three pointer to tie the game and send it to overtime. Tucker tied a career high with 15 points on the night.

The Cavaliers took a one point lead in overtime when Sylven Landesberg converted a three point play to make it 84-82 UVa. Landesberg would try to add to the lead on the ensuing possession, but lost the ball in traffic. Georgia Tech's Gani Lawal came up with the loose ball and dunked it at the other end to tie the game at 84.

Virginia would take the lead seconds later though when Calvin Baker drove the length of the court and scored on a layup with 10 seconds remaining. Georgia Tech had one last chance to tie it up, but Lewis Clinch missed a jumpshot, and Virginia's Mike Scott secured the rebound.

Landesberg led all scorers with 26 points. Lawal paced Georgia Tech with 21.

Virginia improves to 6-4 on the season, 1-0 in the ACC. The Cavaliers return home Saturday to take on Xavier at 2 pm.

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