Cavaliers Roll to 70-38 Win at Georgia Tech
ATLANTA, Ga.-Senior forward Mike Scott scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and sophomore guard Joe Harris had 16 points and five rebounds to lead the Virginia men’s basketball team to a 70-38 victory over Georgia Tech at Philips Arena Thursday night (Jan. 19).
The 32-point margin of victory was Virginia’s largest against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since a 104-72 win over NC State on Jan. 29, 1991. It was UVa’s largest road ACC win since a 107-74 win at Wake Forest on March 2, 1983.
The victory improves Virginia’s overall record to 15-2 and the Cavaliers are now 2-1 in the ACC. Virginia is ranked 15th in this week’s Associated Press poll and 17th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.
The loss drops Georgia Tech’s overall record to 8-10 and the Yellow Jackets are 1-3 in the ACC.
It was UVa’s fifth consecutive win over Georgia Tech and the Cavaliers’ fourth consecutive win over the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta.
Sophomore forward Kammeon Holsey was the only Georgia Tech player to score in double figures with 12 points.
Virginia took control of the game with a 21-6 run over the last 12:33 of the first half as the Cavaliers took a 35-17 halftime lead. Harris had nine of his 11 first half points in that UVa run.
Georgia Tech got no closer than 16 points in the second half. Virginia led 43-27 with 15:55 left in the game and out-scored the Yellow Jackets 27-11 the rest of the way.
It’s the seventh time this season the Cavaliers have held an opponent under 50 points, and the third time they have held an opponent under 40 points.
Senior guard Sammy Zeglinski added 10 points for Virginia and sophomore forward Akil Mitchell had seven rebounds to tie his high for an ACC game. .
Virginia shot 48.3 percent (28-58) from the field for the game, including 31.3 percent (5-16) from three-point range, and 69.2 percent (9-13) from the free-throw line. The Cavaliers out-rebounded Georgia Tech 45-22.
Georgia Tech shot 29.2 percent (14-48) from the field, including just 6.7 percent (1-15) from three-point range, and 47.4 percent (9-19) from the free-throw line. It’s the fourth time this season UVa has held an opponent under 30 percent shooting from the field and the first time the Cavaliers have held an ACC opponent under 30 percent shooting since Wake Forest shot 29 percent (20-69) on Feb. 24, 1996.
UVa returns to action on Sunday (Jan. 22) when the Cavaliers host Virginia Tech at John Paul Jones Arena. That game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.