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.
“I just think Virginia wanted it much more than we did,” said Boston College
head coach Al Skinner. “We did not at all meet their energy.”
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.
“Today was a day where Singletary and especially Reynolds were terrific,” said
Virginia head coach Dave Leitao. “They made tough shots, they made open shots
and more importantly they made plays.”
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.