Cavaliers Close Out Non-Conference Slate with 57-52 Win at LSU
BATON ROUGE, La.-Senior guard Sammy Zeglinski, sophomore guard Joe Harris and senior forward Mike Scott combined for 43 points and 16 rebounds Monday night (Jan. 2) to lead the Virginia men’s basketball team to a 57-52 victory at LSU in the Cavaliers’ final non-conference game of the 2011-12 regular-season.
The win was the 11th in a row for the Cavaliers who are now 13-1 on the season. In this week’s national polls, Virginia is ranked No. 21 in The Associated Press poll and No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.
The loss broke a seven-game LSU winning streak and dropped the Tigers’ record to 10-4.
It’s the first time Virginia has won 11 consecutive games since the 1992-93 season and the Cavaliers are 13-1 to open a season for the first time since the 1981-82 season.
Zeglinski led UVa with 17 points and Harris finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Scott scored 12 points and had a team-high nine rebounds.
Junior center Justin Hamilton led LSU with a game-high 21 points and he had a team-high nine rebounds. Hamilton was the only LSU player to score in double figures.
The teams were tied 26-26 at halftime and neither team led by more than five points in the second half.
Virginia took the lead for good at 48-47 with 5:13 remaining in the game on a basket by senior center Assane Sene. Zeglinski and Harris made key three-point baskets in the closing minutes and the Cavaliers made three of four free throws in the game’s final 19 seconds.
It was the fifth consecutive true road-win for UVa marking the first time the Cavaliers have had a five-game road-winning streak since a five-game streak at the end of the 1991-92 season and the start of the 1992-93 season.
Virginia shot 44.7 percent (21-47) from the field, including 60 percent (6-10) from three-point range, and 69.2 percent (9-13) from the free-throw line. The Cavaliers out-rebounded LSU 32-26.
LSU shot 43.8 percent (21-48) from the field, including 27.8 percent (5-18) from three-point range, and 62.5 percent (5-8) from the free-throw line.
Virginia returns to action on Saturday (Jan. 7) when the Cavaliers open Atlantic Coast Conference play against Miami at John Paul Jones Arena. That game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.