Friday, January 29, 2010

MR. MOMENTUM SWITCHES ORANGES LATE IN GAME, STEALS JPJA HOTNESS

VIRGINIA TECH 76, VIRGINIA 71 OT – The tied-for-first-place Virginia Cavaliers were looking to keep the JPJA magic (the new hotness) going and to do so they controlled 30 minutes of last night’s game against Virginia Tech. Problem was the game lasted 45 minutes with the Hokies seizing the momentum late in the first half, the second half and the overtime period to post a tough road win at John Paul Jones Arena.

With 5:26 left in the first half, the Hoos were up by 12 points, and with 4:58 left in regulations the Hokies still trailed by ten at 60-50. Both times, Virginia Tech woke up as Virginia appeared content to run down the clock. The Cavs were missing (they scored one basket in the final 4:47 of regulation), the Hokies started converting and suddenly it was 65-62 VT with just ten seconds to play.

Virginia tied the game and sent it into overtime when Sammy Zeglinski, canned a desperation three-pointer from somewhere outside by the Burger King in Ruckersville. He was so far away from the basket, he almost came down out of bounds.

Swish, overtime.

In extra frame, Mr. Momentum stuck to the Maroon and Orange, as the Hokies outscored the Hoos 11-6.

Game over.

With the victory, the Hokies moved to 16-3 overall on the season, 3-2 in the ACC. UVa fell to 12-6 overall, 3-2 in the league. Malcolm Delaney had 27 points for Tech.

To read more in the Roanoke Times, click here.

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