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Virginia shoots down Tech’s comeback bid 75-66

ATLANTA- Georgia Tech led for over 17 minutes of the first half, but Virginia wrestled control away with a 12-0 run to end the half and the Jackets couldn’t pull back within four after that losing 75-66 to the Cavs. Tech fell to 2-5 in ACC play and 9-9 on the season while Virginia improved to 4-3 in ACC play and 13-5 on the season.

The win marked Virginia’s first true road win of the season.

Isaac McKneely led Virginia with 20 points including the game-clinching three-pointer with 40 seconds left to end Tech’s comeback bid.

“We made some shots and got some stops. We showed our inconsistencies early, but we worked them for a good bit and then we challenged our guys to guard. They were scoring early off some iso plays, but I thought Isaac moved his feet and kept guys in front,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said.

Tech head coach Damon Stoudamire spoke about the loss and the third blown lead at home.

“In three years I shouldn’t be talking about this. I can say this from experience in the pros, it is easy to play come from behind when you are down double figures. The game doesn’t have as much meaning then. When we needed a stop, Miles didn’t contest a three on the best shooter on the floor,” Stoudamire said. “It is so much about the bigger picture for me. I love the fight and get back, but it is not hard to compete when you are down double figures. I want that same energy the whole game. I don’t want that energy down 10, 11 or 12,” Stoudamire said. “It was two or three different games. We’ve got to put games together. We can’t keep coming in here. It is the third home game we’ve had big leads and couldn’t hold on to them and secure them. They were winable games and you can’t give them away.”

Reece Beekman added 19 points, 11 assists and six rebounds along with two steals to help the Cavs.

Tech was led by freshman Naithan George who scored 15 points, had nine assists, and was 6-6 from the line. Fellow freshman Baye Ndongo had 15 points on 6-7 shooting, but only five…


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Publish date : 2024-01-21 01:51:23

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