After a tough, surprising loss last Sunday to Virginia Tech, the Cavaliers had an opportunity to bounce back over a rebuilding Boston College Eagles team. Virginia came out on top last night, posting a 66-49 victory over the Eagles in a game that wasn't anywhere near as close.
While Virginia played better at both ends of the court during the first half, the Hoos just weren't able to shake off the pesky Eagles, who stuck around down eight at the half. When Joe Harris knocked down a three to open the second half, you just couldn't help but feel like Virginia was getting ready to put this one away, and that things were going to get a little bit crazy, a la Georgia Tech.
That didn't happen.
Instead, the Eagles fought and clawed (taloned?) their way back into the game, tying it up at 44 a piece with 10:29 to play in the game. It wasn't until then that the Cavaliers buckled down on defense and turned on the offense to close out the game on a 22-5 run.
Contributing to the run? That's right, it was previously MIA senior captain Sammy Zeglinski, who drained back to back threes -- including one from behind the NBA line -- causing Akil Mitchell to yell, "He's baaaaack!" Zeglinski, prior to this pair of threes, had been shooting 11.11% from beyond the arc and 17.24% overall since the Duke game.
Virginia will have a day off before going on to Game 2 of their 3 games, 6 days tour, at NC State. The Woflpack were victims to a heck of a blowout by Carolina tonight, falling 74-55 in a game that wasn't even that close.