UVa's Ice Cold Shooting Ends With Loss to GT
ATLANTA (AP/WSET)- UVa's 4-game winning streak enabled them to begin filling out their NCAA Tournament resume but on Sunday they'll have to start all over following a 66-60 loss to last place Georgia Tech.
That adds to the Cavaliers list of bad losses that includes Old Dominion, Wake Forest, and Delaware.
In the final 8:50, UVa missed 14 of their final 15 shots. During that time the Yellow Jackets erased what was a nine-point UVa lead.
Georgia Tech rallied from a halftime deficit of nine points, finally taking the lead on Mfon Udofia's jumper with 1:19 remaining.
Virginia led 54-48 following a 3-pointer by freshman Evan Nolte with 9:40 remaining. The Cavaliers then went more than 9 minutes without a field goal before Jontel Evans' driving basket with 35 seconds remaining.
Udofia led Georgia Tech (12-8, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 15 points. Freshmen Chris Bolden and Robert Carter Jr. each had 14. Kammeon Holsey had 10 points.
Joe Harris led Virginia (15-6, 5-3) with 18 points, including only four points in the second half. Akil Mitchell had 13 points.
Virginia, which shot 51.9 percent from the field in the first half (14 of 27), made only 8 of 28 shots (28.6 percent) in the second half.
Virginia ranks third in the nation and first in the ACC with its average of 51.2 points allowed per game. Georgia Tech is the first ACC team to reach 60 points against the Cavaliers.
Virginia led 37-28 at halftime. Bolden's 3-pointer with 3:45 remaining tied the game at 57-57 before Udofia's jumper gave the Yellow Jackets their first lead since 20-17.
Carter opened the second half with back-to-back baskets, followed by a short jumper by another freshman, Marcus Georges-Hunt, to cut the lead to 37-34.
Nolte, from Milton, Ga., had a 3-pointer to end the modest Georgia Tech run.
Justin Anderson had 10 points for the Cavaliers but had several misses near the basket in the closing minutes.
Lines of unclaimed yellow foam fingers in empty rows of students seats behind the Georgia Tech band were evidence the game couldn't lure some fans from Super Bowl pregame parties.
When it became clear about midway through the first half that the student seats would remain empty, personnel began collecting the foam fingers. Before the workers could return for their second swing through the empty seats, however, a line of young kids cleaned out the remaining souvenirs.
From UVa athletics:
Virginia's (15-6, 5-3 ACC) five-game winning streak vs. Georgia Tech ended with the loss.
The Cavaliers allowed an ACC-high 66 points in the loss. Virginia had held its first seven ACC opponents under 60 points.
UVa led at the half (37-28) for the 12th time overall and third time in ACC games.
Joe Harris scored 18 points to become the 44th Cavalier to score 1,000 career points.
Harris made four 3-pointers to move into seventh place on Virginia's career list with 163.
Harris led Virginia in scoring for the 13th time this season.
harris had a career-high six turnovers.
Akil Mitchell had 13 points and 12 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season and ninth career.