UVa Drops Heartbreaker in Blacksburg, 61-55
BLACKSBURG, Va. –Jeff Allen broke a tie on a 3-pointer with 1:14 to play and made a key defensive play seconds later, helping Virginia Tech beat Virginia 61-55 Saturday night.
Allen scored six straight points for the Hokies (20-4, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), erasing a 51-48 deficit with a three-point play off a drive with 1:51 to play, then hitting a 3-pointer – just his fourth of the season – from the right side to give them the lead.
On the ensuing possession for Virginia (14-8, 5-4), Allen came away with the ball when Virginia guard Sammy Zeglinski lost the handle. Virginia Tech’s J.T. Thompson was fouled, made both free throws with 45.5 seconds left and the Hokies earned their fourth win in a row. Virginia Tech outscored the Cavalliers 13-4 in the last 1:51 of the game.
Dorenzo Hudson led three Virginia Tech players in double figures in scoring with 15 points. Hudson scored 13 of his points in the second half. Allen finished with 13 points, all of them in the second half, and Malcolm Delaney had 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Hokies. Thomopson had 10 rebounds to lead Virginia Tech in that department.
Mike Scott had his third consecutive double-double for Virginia with game-high totals of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Sylven Landesberg added 17 points and six rebounds for the Cavaliers.
Virginia led 25-21 at halftime after outscoring Virginia Tech 10-3 over the last 3:52 of the first half. Scott scored the Cavaliers’ last six points in that run.
Virginia shot 32.8 percent (21-64) from the field for the game, including just 16.7 percent (3-18) from three-point range, and 66.7 percent (10-15) from the free-throw line. The Cavaliers out-rebounded Virginia Tech 43-38.
Virignia Tech shot 37.0 percent (20-54) from the field, including 38.5 percent (5-13) from three-point range, and 80.0 percent (16-20) from the free-throw line.