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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sammy Zeglinski scored 16 of his season-high 21 points in the first half to help Virginia beat Boston College 68-62 on Thursday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Mike Scott had 11 points and tied a season-high with 13 rebounds for the ninth-seeded Cavaliers (15-15), who won their first game in a month and their first tournament game in four years. Virginia had lost nine straight heading into Greensboro, but pushed ahead late in the first half and led by as many as 11 points midway through the second half. It was Scott’s seventh double-double of the season and the 17th of his career.

Boston College cut the Cavaliers’ lead to three points (49-46) with 8:44 left to play on a layup by Dallas Elmore, but Scott scored on a jump shot and then a tip in to push UVa’s lead back to seven points. The Eagles got no closer than five points the rest of the way.

Boston College led 23-17 with 10:19 left in the first half when the Cavaliers went on a 17-2 run to take a 34-25 lead with 1:47 to play in the half. Five different Virginia players scored in the run with Zeglinski leading the way with six points.

UVa led 34-27 at halftime.

Virginia hadn’t won a tournament game since beating Virginia Tech in the first round of the 2006 tournament in Greensboro.

Five players scored in double figures for UVa. In addition to Zeglinski and Scott, Jeff Jones scored 14 points for the Cavaliers, Jerome Meyinsse scored in double figures for the fifth consecutive game with 12 points and Mustapha Farrakhan added 10 points and four assists.

Now the Cavaliers and first-year coach Tony Bennett are headed to Friday’s quarterfinals to face fourth-ranked Duke, the tournament’s top seed. The game will be televised by Raycom within the ACC footprint and by ESPN2 throughout the rest if the country.

Rakim Sanders tied a season high with 22 points for the eighth-seeded Eagles (15-16). Reggie Jackson scored 18 points and had nine rebounds for Boston College, and Elmore added 10 points.

Virginia shot 43.4 percent (23-53) from the field, including 38.1 percent (8-21) from three-point range, and 70.0 percent (14-20) from the free-throw line. The Cavaliers turned the ball over a season-low five times in the game.

Boston College shot 41.7 percent (25-60) from the field, including 29.4 percent (5-17) from three-point range, and 87.5 percent (7-8) from the free-throw line. The Eagles out-rebounded Virginia 37-31.

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