Whoa, the JPJA (The New Hotness*) almost hiccupped last night…
Sylven Landesberg hit a 15-footer with 2.2 seconds left Monday night, lifting Virginia to a 69-67 victory against North Carolina-Wilmington.
Virginia (12-4) won its eighth straight, its longest winning streak since the start of the 2003-04 season, but had to make a late comeback to do it.
Wilmington (6-12) trailed before a 21-4 run gave it a 61-58 lead with 3:58 to play. The visitors were ahead 64-60 with 2:57 left before Virginia rescued itself with a 9-3 run.
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(In JPJA’s opening season, the Hoos knocked off Duke in an overtime thriller won on a last second shot by Sean Singletary. It was the first win over Duke for the Cavs in five years. There were many signs in the crowd that night as one of Duke’s previous wins had been a controversial one over Clemson when the clock operator cooked the Tigers. Sign: “Sports Center is next unless Duke needs more time”. Another sign said: “Cameron: Old and Ancient, JPJA : The New Hottness…” We can’t find a picture of the New Hotness sign, but it’s referenced in the Feb 2, 2007 T.A.H., an issue that proved to be a forerunner of the current T.A.H. format.)
VIRGINIA TECH 72, North Carolina Central (Eagles, 8,500 students, Durham, NC) 30
From the file labeled “Pick On Somebody Your Own Size,” an obviously cranky Virginia Tech squad fresh off a frustrating loss to Florida State beat down North Carolina Central something fierce Monday night. The Hokies held the Eagles to eight first half points. Yep, not a misprint, EIGHT.
Erick Green scored a game-high 11 points and 11 different players scored in the non-conference victory on Monday night at Cassell Coliseum.
With the win, the Hokies moved to 14-3 overall on the season. Tech wrapped up the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 13-1 mark.
Paced by Dorenzo Hudson, who scored eight of Tech’s first 10 points, the Hokies jumped out to a 20-4 lead and never trailed in the game. NC Central hit just two of its first 18 shots and went 4-for-27 from the floor in the first half in trailing 30-8 at halftime.
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