Virginia Plays At Georgia Tech On Thursday
CHARLOTTESVILLEThe Virginia men’s basketball team will be looking for its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference road victory on Thursday (Feb. 21) when the Cavaliers play at Georgia Tech. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised by the Regional Sports Networks (Comcast SportsNet).
The game will also be on V Pass Live Audio at virginiasports.com.
Virginia is coming off a 79-74 victory at Boston College on Sunday (Feb. 17) that broke a seven-game losing streak. The Cavaliers enter Thursday’s game with an overall record of 12-12 and a 2-9 record in the ACC.
UVa had four players in double figures in scoring in the victory at Boston College. Junior forward/guard Mamadi Diane came off the bench to score a team-leading 20 points. Senior guard Sean Singletary scored 16 points, had five rebounds and four assists, and junior forward Laurynas Mikalauskas scored a season-high 13 points. Freshman forward Mike Scott had his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Virginia overcame an early 10-point deficit to lead by eight points (40-32) at halftime. After Boston College rallied to tie the game at 40-40 early in the second half a 13-3 run by the Cavaliers gave UVa the lead for good. Boston College narrowed Virginia’s lead to one point (71-70) with 1:10 remaining in the game. Diane then made a key three-pointer to give the Cavaliers a four-point lead and sophomore guard Calvin Baker made four free throws in the last 13 seconds to secure the victory.
Mikalauskas’ play gave the Cavaliers a lift and his 13 points are a career high against an ACC opponent. Diane scored at least 20 points for the fifth time this season.
Singletary scored in double figures for the 46th consecutive game. That’s the longest active streak in the ACC. He continues to lead Virginia in scoring (18.8 ppg.) and assists (5.9 apg.). He ranks third in the ACC in scoring and second in assists.
Diane and senior forward Adrian Joseph are the other Virginia players averaging in double figures in scoring. Diane is averaging 12.0 points a game and Joseph 11.3 points a game. Joseph leads the Cavaliers in rebounding with an average of 6.9 rebounds a game.
Georgia Tech enters Thursday’s game with an overall record of 11-13 and a 4-6 record in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets have lost their last three games and are coming off a 64-63 loss at home to Miami on Sunday.
Senior guard Anthony Morrow leads Georgia Tech in scoring with an average of 14.1 points a game and junior guard Lewis Clinch is averaging 10.3 points a game. Senior forward Jeremis Smith is averaging 9.7 points a game and leads the Yellow Jackets in rebounding with an average of 7.1 a game.
Paul Hewitt is in his eighth season as the head coach at Georgia Tech and his 11th season as a collegiate head coach. His Georgia Tech teams have compiled an overall record of 138-108 and participated in the NCAA Tournament four times, advancing to the championship game in 2004.
Georgia Tech leads the series with Virginia 37-28 and the Yellow Jackets have won 16 of the last 20 games in the series. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Cavaliers 92-82 in overtime earlier this season (Jan. 27) at John Paul Jones Arena. In games played in Atlanta in the series, Georgia Tech leads 22-7.