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Eagles Fall to No. 19 Virginia, 66-49

Dennis Clifford


Dennis Clifford

Jan. 26, 2012

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Mike Scott scored 18 points and No. 19 Virginia pulled away from a 44-all tie with a 22-3 run to beat Boston College 66-49 on Thursday night.

The victory was just the second in the last seven games against the Eagles for the Cavaliers (16-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who rebounded from a home loss to Virginia Tech on Sunday night in which they managed just 45 points.

Ryan Anderson had 12 points for Boston College (7-13, 2-4), which rallied from a 44-36 deficit to pull even on a 3-pointer by Danny Rubin with 10:25 to play. The Eagles managed just one other field goal over the next 10 minutes as the Cavaliers pulled away.

"It's a unique situation where we have nine freshmen, and the top seven out of eight are freshman," the Eagles' second-year coach Steve Donahue said. "I think the kids have done a really good job.

He hopes those guys saw in Tony Bennett's Cavaliers what hard work can produce.

"I think they're a very good basketball team. They guard the heck out of you. They share it. And Mike Scott is a handful," Donahue said. "I think Tony does as good a job as anybody in the country coaching his guys up to play to their strengths. I think that's what you saw tonight."

Jontel Evans and Akil Mitchell, who again replaced injured center Assane Sene in the starting lineup, both scored 10 points for Virginia, which matched its victory total of last season.

The Eagles stayed in it with 3-point shooting. Virginia scored on five straight possessions early in the second half, and the Eagles scored on only three, but all three baskets were 3-pointers - by Gabe Moton, Lonnie Jackson and Matt Humphrey. When Virginia came up empty on a few consecutive trips, an inside basket by Jordan Daniels and a wide-open 3 by Rubin from the left corner tied it at 44.

A driving basket by Evans and another by Malcom Brogdon gave Virginia a 48-44 lead. The Cavaliers failed to get anything out of consecutive turnovers by the Eagles, but BC then bailed out Virginia by fouling Mitchell on a fast-break layup. He made both free throws.

A baseline jumper by Darion Atkins, another driving bank by Evans and Sammy Zeglinski's 3-pointer - his first in two games - made it 57-46.

Two 3-pointers by Zeglinski and two free throws by Scott capped the burst for the Cavaliers.

Virginia trailed 15-14 until Mitchell scored inside with 8:40 left, sparking a 17-8 run to end the half. Scott had eight points in the run, and Joe Harris capped it with a 3-pointer, the Cavaliers' first since early in the first half in their previous game.

Virginia, which went 1 for 14 from behind the arc against Virginia Tech, had missed 16 consecutive 3s before Harris' shot.

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