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Feb. 4, 2010
2:02 p.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Sylven Landesberg entered the game averaging 2.6 assists, second only to Sammy Zeglinski (2.9) among UVa basketball players, so his performance Wednesday night wasn’t exactly a revelation.

Still, Landesberg offered more proof that his game continues to expand in his second season at UVa. The 6-6 swingman had a career-high 9 assists in Virginia’s 59-47 win over N.C. State at John Paul Jones Arena.

“Sylven did a great job of making the next pass,” Tony Bennett said.

With the Wolfpack determined to limit Landesberg’s scoring, he “got “guys wide-open looks,” Bennett said.

Landesberg, the ACC rookie of the year in 2008-09, had scored at least 10 points in each of the Cavaliers’ first 19 games this season. He had only 7 against the Wolfpack, but could not have appeared much happier after a victory that moved UVa (5-2, 14-6) into a tie for first in the ACC.

“The game’s a lot easier than it seems,” Landesberg said. “It might have seemed like it was tough tonight, because they were crowding me every time I got the ball.

“They were just doing a lot of things to try to stop me, but the fact is, we got a lot of players on this team who could score and could contribute, and I was just able to find them in the right places, and they were knocking the shots down.”

Zeglinski had only 2 assists against the Wolfpack, which means he’s now looking up at Landesberg in that statistical category.

Landesberg leads the Wahoos in scoring (17.6 ppg) and assists (2.9) and is second in rebounds (5.1). Before Wednesday night, he never had had more than 6 assists in an ACC game.

Jeff White

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