Virginia Downs Georgia Tech 72-64
CHARLOTTESVILLE—Senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan scored a game-high 23 points and freshman guard KT Harrell scored 17 points to lead Virginia to a 72-64 victory over Georgia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday (Jan. 22).
The 23 points are Farrakhan’s career high in an ACC game and he tied his overall career high with five assists.
The victory broke a three-game losing streak for the Cavaliers and improved their overall record to 11-8. UVa is 2-3 in the ACC. The loss snapped Georgia Tech’s two-game winning streak and dropped the Yellow Jackets’ overall record to 9-9. Georgia Tech is 2-3 in the ACC.
Virginia has won four of its last five games against Georgia Tech.
Freshman guard Joe Harris scored 11 points, had a team-high eight rebounds and two assists for Virginia.
Junior guard Iman Shumpert scored 19 points, had a game-high nine rebounds and four assists to lead Georgia Tech. Sophomore forward Brian Oliver added 13 points and freshman center Daniel Miller scored 12 points and had six rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.
Virginia took control of the game with an 18-5 run to close the first half. The Cavaliers led 25-24 with 5:41 left in the half before going on their game changing run. Farrakhan scored eight points in the UVa run and Harrell added seven points as the Cavaliers built a 43-29 halftime lead.
Virginia made seven of eight three-point attempts (87.5 percent) in the first half and shot 66.7 percent (14-21) overall from the field in the first 20 minutes.
The Cavaliers led by as many as 18 points in the second half, including a 67-49 lead with 2:49 to play. Georgia Tech closed the game on a 15-5 run to narrow the final margin to eight points.
Virginia shot 50.0 percent (20-40) from the field for the game, including 66.7 percent (10-15) from three-point range, and 68.8 percent (22-32) from the free throw line. It’s the fourth time this season UVa has shot better than 50 percent from three-point range and the third time the Cavaliers have shot better than 60 percent.
Georgia Tech shot 48.1 percent (25-52) from the field, including 40.0 percent (4-10) from three-point range, and 66.7 percent (10-15) from the free throw line. The Yellow Jackets out-rebounded the Cavaliers 30-26.
Virginia returns to action on Thursday (Jan. 27) when the Cavaliers host Maryland at John Paul Jones Arena. That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.