Virginia upends Boston College
Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) – J.R. Reynolds scored 28 points, almost
13 points above his season average, as the Virginia Cavaliers upset the 11th-
ranked Boston College Eagles, 72-58, at University Hall.
Sean Singletary added 16 points and five assists for the Cavaliers (14-10, 7-6
ACC), who won their sixth straight home game. Mamadi Diane and Adrian Joseph
each recorded nine points, as Virginia shot 12-of-21 from three-point range.
Reynolds went 4-of-7 from behind the arc.
Craig Smith led the way with 22 points for the Eagles (21-6, 8-5), who saw
their five-game winning streak come to an end. Tyrese Rice scored 10 points.
Virginia was all over Boston College from the opening tip-off, jumping out to
a 5-0 run to start the game. Joseph followed up a Tunji Soroye jumper with a
three-pointer of his own to give the Cavaliers the early advantage.
After Boston College answered with a 7-0 run to briefly take the lead, the
Cavaliers really got going, rolling of a 13-2 run to take an 18-9 advantage
with less than 11 minutes before halftime. Reynolds capped the run by
converting a three-point-play.
After the teams exchanged baskets, Virginia rolled of a 10-0 run over a five
minute span to take its largest lead of the half, 31-13, with just under five
minutes left before the break. The run was once again capped by Reynolds, who
drained a trey, forcing the Eagles to call a timeout.
Boston College responded, ripping of a 9-0 push to cut the deficit in half,
31-22, with 3:15 left. Rice capped the run with a three-pointer.
Facing a 13-point deficit at the break, Rice appeared to give the Eagles some
life by draining a three-pointer at the buzzer, cutting the Cavaliers lead
down to 10, 38-28, at halftime. However, whatever momentum Boston College
took into the locker room never made it out for the rest of the game.
Five minutes into the second half, the Cavaliers rolled off a 6-0 run to give
Virginia a comfortable 16-point advantage that Boston College was never able
to recover from. Reynolds was a one-man highlight reel during the spurt,
nailing a three and throwing down a dunk. The Eagles didn’t threaten the rest
of the way.
Boston College struggled from the field throughout the game, shooting 35.2
Virginia is now 4-0 all-time versus Boston College. The last time they met was
in the third round of the 1983 NCAA tournament, a 95-92 Cavaliers
victory…Florida State is the only ACC opponent that Virginia has lost to at
home…Boston College outrebounded Virginia, 35-31.