No…wait…what’s that? In spite of much trash talk to the contrary, there were over 4,000 empty seats last night when the Cavs used a big late first half run to overwhelm the now reeling Hokies. Surely, we heard the 11,000 plus UVA faithful chanting “N.I.T.” at Greedberg’s beffudled charges at some point in the second half with the home team cruising?
Bird-flipping big man Jeff Allen sat on the end of the Hokie bench looking miserable while the Cavs drove and slashed and utilized a 3-2 zone to slow down top Virginia Tech scoreres A.D. Vassallo and Malcolm Delaney.
The Hokies shot 36.7 percent from the field, compared to 43.9 percent for Virginia. The Cavaliers had a 38-37 rebounding edge and committed only 10 turnovers.
Sylven Landesberg scored 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds and added six assists while the Hoos used a 17-2 run spanning the halves.
Virginia (9-13, 3-8 ACC) won its second in a row. The Cavaliers snapped an eight-game losing streak in their last game, an 85-81 overtime victory against No. 13 Clemson, and had the perfect next opponent to rile up the less-than-capacity crowd.
Vassallo scored 21 to lead the Hokies (16-9, 6-5), who lost for the fourth time in six games.
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)