No. 25 Virginia edges NC State
Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) – North Carolina State’s Brandon Costner
missed a game-tying three-pointer, and Virginia’s Sean Singletary hit two
clutch free throws to ice the No. 25 Cavaliers 67-62 win over the Wolfpack.
Virginia (5-1, 1-0 ACC) received 14-point efforts from both Will Harris and
J.R. Reynolds to take it’s first league game of the season in thrilling
fashion. Singletary scored 11 points and pulled down nine rebounds for
the Cavaliers, who rebounded from their first loss of the season with the win.
Costner led NC State (5-1, 0-1 ACC) with 17 points and seven rebounds. Gavin
Grant scored 15 points to go along with eight assists and six boards, and Ben
McCauley scored 12 points and raked in six boards for the Wolfpack, who
suffered their first loss of the season. Courtney Fells added 11 points for NC
Singletary’s free throws capped a nip-and-tuck game in which neither team
enjoyed a lead larger than six points. An alley-oop lay-up by McCauley put the
Wolfpack up 61-59 with two minutes left in regulation. The lead was short-
lived, though, as Reynolds answered by drilling a three from deep in the
corner to put Virginia up 62-61 with 1:40 left.
McCauley had a chance to put NC State back up when he was fouled with 1:25
left, but he could only hit one of his free throws to tie the game at 62-62.
Singletary hit a jumper on the ensuing possession to give Virginia a 64-62
lead with just over a minute left, Costner missed a three-pointer, and the
Wolfpack were forced to foul Reynolds with 19.1 seconds left.
Reynolds kept hope alive for NC State by only making one free throw, but
Costner was unable to hit a shot that could have tied the game.
Virginia led 27-26 at halftime.
Jason Cain grabbed 10 rebounds for Virginia, which outrebounded NC State
47-31, and dominated in second-chance points, 15-3…There were 12 ties and 18
lead changes…Virginia shot only 37.9 percent in the win, while the Wolfpack
hit 41.8 percent in the losing effort…The Cavaliers only hit 6-of-25 three-
pointers, while NC State hit 6-of-22 from behind the arc…Virginia’s bench
outscored the Wolfpack bench 33-3.