Cavaliers Complete Season Sweep of Hokies
CHARLOTTESVILLE-Mustapha Farrakhan scored 16 points and Joe Harris added 15 points and seven rebounds to lead Virginia to a 61-54 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon (Feb. 19) at John Paul Jones Arena.
Sammy Zeglinski also scored in double figures for Virginia with 10 points and he had five assists.
Malcolm Delaney scored a game-high 22 points to lead Virginia Tech. Erick Green added 12 points for the Hokies and Jeff Allen had a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
The victory broke a three-game losing streak and evened Virginia’s record at 13-13 for the season. The Cavaliers are now 4-8 in the ACC.
The loss dropped Virginia Tech’s overall record to 17-8 and the Hokies are now 7-5 in the ACC.
The victory was the second for the Cavaliers over Virginia Tech this season. Virginia defeated the Hokies 57-54 in Blacksburg on Dec. 5.
Virginia led by five points (28-23) at the half and used a 16-6 run at the beginning of the second half to open a 44-29 lead with 11:59 left in the game. Five different UVa players scored in the run that included four three-point field goals, two by Zeglinski.
Virginia Tech then went on a 13-1 run to cut the Cavaliers’ lead to 45-42 with 7:46 remaining to play. Delaney had two three-point field goals during that stretch.
The Hokies were within four points at 48-44 with 5:55 remaining, but baskets by Farrakhan and Jontel Evans expanded the Virginia lead to eight points at 52-44 with 2:01 to play. Virginia Tech got within four (56-52) with 19 seconds remaining, but the Cavaliers then made five of six free throws to hold off the Hokies.
The first half was closely contested with neither team leading by more than four points until Virginia outscored Virginia Tech 7-1 in the last two minutes of the half to take a 28-23 halftime lead. Evans scored five points for the Cavaliers in that Virginia run.
Delaney scored 10 points for Virginia Tech in the first half and Allen had seven. Harris led Virginia with nine points.
For the game Virginia shot 45.7 percent (21-46) from the field, including 47.8 percent (11-23) from three-point range, and 61.5 percent (8-13) from the free-throw line. The Cavaliers made at least 10 three-point field goals for the seventh time this season and shot better from three-point range than two-point range for the ninth time this season.
Virginia Tech shot 40.4 percent (21-52) for the game, including 31.8 percent (7-22) from three-point range, and 71.4 percent (5-7) from the free throw line.
Virginia out-rebounded Virginia Tech 32-30. Harris, Akil Mitchell and Assane Sene each had seven rebounds to lead the Cavaliers.
Sene scored seven points for Virginia and Evans had seven points and five assists. Evans has had at least five assists in 11 games this season.
Virginia returns to action on Wednesday (Feb. 23) when the Cavaliers play at Georgia Tech. That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.