Virginia knocks UNC back onto its heels, 75-60

February 01, 2010|By From Sun news services

Sylven Landesberg scored 29 points and visiting Virginia ran off 18 unanswered points early in the second half to beat struggling North Carolina, 75-60, on Sunday night.

Sammy Zeglinski added 19 points for the Cavaliers (13-6, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who regrouped from consecutive losses to earn another impressive victory under first-year coach Tony Bennett. Virginia had lost 63 of 68 meetings in Chapel Hill but blew the game open by holding the Tar Heels without a field goal for nearly eight minutes in front of a stunned Smith Center crowd.

While Landesberg led the offense, Zeglinski knocked down a pair of 3-pointers during the decisive run, which resulted in a 21-point lead with 14:20 to play.

Virginia never let North Carolina (13-8, 2-4) back in it, holding a comfortable lead and shooting 52 percent.

Miami 82, Virginia Tech 75: James Dews scored 21 points as the host Hurricanes defeated the Hokies to end a four-game losing streak.

The Hokies rallied from a 19-point deficit with a 24-9 run midway through the second half. J.T. Thompson scored eight points during the run, and his free throw with 7:32 remaining cut Miami's lead to 65-60.

Virginia Tech (16-4, 3-3 ACC) stayed within a five-point deficit and had a final chance to reduce a 75-70 lead with under a minute left. But Malcolm Delaney missed a running jumper with 34 seconds remaining and fouled Reggie Johnson on a put-back attempt.

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