Thursday, January 14, 2010

WAHOOS ALONE IN FIRST PLACE

We know it’s only January 14th, but new UVA coach Tony Bennett must be doing something right.

Could that old JPJA magic be coming back? (Please, please, please say it's so – we have so much good material to use and we’ve missed our JPJA mojo!)

Virginia is the only team in the ACC still undefeated as every other team has both won and lost a game or games. Last night, the Cavs knocked off Georgia Tech at the JPJA 82-75 to take sole possession of first place.

Sylven Landesberg scored 22 points and Virginia used a 16-4 run late in the second half to take command. They also held Georgia Tech to 6-for-17 shooting in the final 9 1/2 minutes after the Yellow Jackets hurt them by making 27 of their first 47 attempts from the field.

The Cavaliers finished 23 for 26 from the free throw line, including making 14 of 15 over the final 8 1/2 minutes, and even turned the lone miss down the stretch into a big boost.

Virginia (10-4, 2-0 ACC) won its sixth straight game, its longest winning streak since it won seven in a row in the 2006-07 season, and opened ACC play 2-0 for the first time since 1994-95 (Coolio’s Gangsta Paradise was a big hit, so it wasn’t last week), when the Cavaliers won their first four conference games.

"It just seems like to me this year everybody's a lot more confident,'' said Mustapha Farrakhan, who finished with 15 points, four assists and three steals. "We're going in there and playing with a lot of confidence out there, relying on one another. It's great.''

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