Reynolds, No. 24 Cavaliers sting Yellow Jackets
Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) – Tunji Soroye’s follow-up off Sean
Singletary’s missed three proved to be the difference, as No. 24 Virginia
stormed back after blowing a large first-half lead in a 75-69 victory over
Georgia Tech at John Paul Jones Arena.
The frantic final three minutes belonged to the Cavaliers (19-8, 10-4 ACC),
who responded from a loss at Miami-Florida on Wednesday.
J.R. Reynolds’ three-point play, slicing to the hoop for a lay-in plus the
foul, brought the Cavaliers within 69-67 with 2:45 left. Jason Cain then
recovered a Singletary miss and scored to square the contest at 69-69.
The clubs exchanged offensive fouls before Singletary missed a contested
jumper with just over one minute to play. Thaddeus Young then followed by
missing a short leaning jumper as bodies flew underneath the basket.
After a Virginia timeout, Singletary rimmed out a three, but Soroye followed
with the layup. Anthony Morrow had a clean look from 18-feet, however the ball
bounced long and Singletary eventually drained two free throws to ice the
Reynolds scored 25 points and Singletary added 24 in the victory.
Young led Georgia Tech (18-10, 6-8) with 15 points, while Ra’Sean Dickey added
14 points and Javaris Crittenton donated 12. The loss was a tough one for the
Yellow Jackets, who were looking to jump squarely on to the NCAA Tournament
Virginia was in command at 29-17 before Georgia Tech reeled off 16 straight
points to take a four-point lead. Mario West started the stretch with a jumper
and Young’s free throw about six minutes later capped the spurt.
The Cavaliers, who at one point led 22-6, didn’t make a field goal in the
half’s final 8:41 and trailed 35-31. Singletary’s free throws with 1:55 to
play were Virginia’s only points during the stretch.
It didn’t take long for Virginia to drain a shot in the second half, as
Reynolds buried a jumper just 30 seconds in.
The Cavaliers regained the advantage at 50-49 on a three-point play from
Singletary, but the Yellow Jackets stung back.
A 9-2 stretch gave Georgia Tech a 58-52 advantage. Jeremis Smith’s no-look
pass to Dickey for a layup then Young’s three from the left wing opened the
six-point edge with 8:07 left.
Virginia cut the deficit to 62-61 before Young drained another three, this one
from the right wing with 4:51 to play.
Georgia Tech still leads the all-time series, 36-28…Virginia improved to
15-1 at home…The Yellow Jackets fell to 1-8 in true road games…Virginia
shot 44 percent from the floor, while Georgia Tech made 46 percent of its