Virginia Falls To Georgia Tech, 80-60
Feb. 1, 2003
By KEITH PARSONS
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA – Marvin Lewis scored 25 points and Chris Bosh added 22 asGeorgia Tech improved to 10-0 at home with a 80-60 victory over Virginia onSaturday.
The Yellow Jackets (11-7, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) won without muchhelp from leading-scorer B.J. Elder, who scored only six points. He hadfinished in double figures in 16 of 17 games coming in, and was averaging 16.7points.
But he finished 2-for-8 from the field against the Cavaliers and played only25 minutes.
Todd Billet had 19 points and Derrick Byars had 11 for Virginia (12-7, 3-4),which has lost four out of six. Travis Watson, averaging a team-best 14.9points, was held to only four points and sprained his right ankle early in thegame after chasing down an offensive rebound.
He quickly returned after having it re-taped but never got going beforesitting out the final minutes. Watson had 11 rebounds.
Georgia Tech led by 10 at the break, and the margin was the same afterVirginia’s Elton Brown made a jumper with 7:22 left. The Yellow Jacketsfinished off the Cavaliers with 10-3 run after that, a spurt which includedElder’s only two baskets of the game.
First, he hit a 3-pointer from the wing, then finished it off by tipping ina miss by Ed Nelson.
Georgia Tech held on after that despite some sloppy play of its own,including back-to-back turnovers at one point by point guard Jarrett Jack.
Jack nearly came to blows with Virginia center Nick Vander Laan in the finalminute. After a hard foul by Vander Laan in the backcourt, the two squared offand had words.
Jack appeared to start walking away from the altercation, but Vander Laan, afiery player who scored seven points, pursued Jack and shoved him again.
Vander Laan was called for a technical foul, and Virginia coach Pete Gillentook him out of the game.