CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. --
By the time Sammy Zeglinski made his
first 3-pointer in two games, giving Virginia (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) a 57-46 lead
over Boston College on Thursday night, the Cavaliers seemed to have
the game against the Eagles in hand.
Still, it was the return of Zeglinski and the long ball that
drew the biggest roars from the crowd during the game, and perhaps
brought out the biggest smiles from the players after the 66-49
"It felt good," Zeglinski said of hopefully coming out of a
slump that had seen him go 2 for 17 from behind the arc in the
previous three games. "It felt good to have that one go down and
hopefully I can just get some momentum from that going forward and
just keep my confidence up."
The Cavaliers will need it since they won't have center Assane
Sene for about six weeks after foot surgery, and a working outside
game prevents teams from focusing as much on Mike Scott.
Zeglinski hit 3-pointers 55 seconds apart in a 20-3 run late in
the game and Scott scored 18 points as the Cavaliers beat the
Eagles for only the second time in seven tries.
Virginia (16-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) matched it
victory total of last season and rebounded from a home loss to
Virginia Tech on Sunday night in which they managed just 45 points.
"Coming off the Virginia Tech game, I told our guys this is
when you've got to step up," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said,
looking at a box score that showed several players made large
Akil Mitchell, who replaced Sene in the lineup but was a
non-factor against the Hokies, scored a career-best 10 points and
added five rebounds and two assists. Point guard Jontel Evans
continued to heed Bennett's advice to play aggressively at both
ends and had 10 points, six assists and three steals. Zeglinski had
four steals by halftime, and guard Malcolm Brogdon got seven
He, too, wanted to talk about Zeglinski, whose open looks from
behind the arc always cause a stir in the crowd, which has seen
that when he makes one, he can often produce offense in a hurry.
"The crowd loved it," Brogdon said with a wide grin. "We're
just glad he's out of his slump."
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 hit seven 3-pointers in
the game, but managed just one other field goal over the next 10
minutes as the Cavaliers pulled away.
"A couple of times, I thought they really played well in
stretches and we answered. I was real proud of our guards,"
second-year coach Steve Donahue said of the Eagles, who have nine
freshmen, four of them starters. "Unfortunately in a lot of games
this year, we run out of gas.
"I didn't feel like it was a 17-point game, but that's what
happens when you run out of gas."
The Eagles stayed in it as long as they did with 3-point
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.
That's when it all disintegrated for the Eagles.
A driving basket by Evans and another by 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 Zeglinski's consecutive 3-pointers made it 60-46. 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
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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