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Virginia loses eighth straight game

Despite a surprise starting appearance from sophomore guard Sylven Landesberg, the Virginia men's basketball team lost 68-55 yesterday night against Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.\nEarlier this week, coach Tony Bennett said Landesberg had not practiced because of a bruised thigh, which kept him out of Sunday's home loss to Duke. His team's leading scorer, he said, would play pending a significant turnaround

Unfortunately for the Cavaliers (14-14, 5-10 ACC), Landesberg's 13 points were not enough to put an end to their woes, their eighth loss in a row. Though Virginia's 46.2 percent shooting from the floor edged the Eagles' 43.9 percent, Boston College nailed 15-of-18 free throws, compared to a paltry 5-of-11 performance at the charity stripe by the Cavaliers. The game marked the first time since Virginia's home victory against N.C. State Feb. 3 that the team shot better than 40 percent from the field. Junior forward Mike Scott, who had gone 0-for-13 from the field during the previous two games, contributed 13 points off the bench on 6-of-8 shooting, and senior forward Jerome Meyinsse added 12 points as Virginia's third double-digit scorer.

Strong interior play could not make up for lost chances form behind the arc, however, as the Cavaliers made only two of their 13 attempts.

Boston College (15-14, 6-9 ACC), which held a 37-23 lead at halftime, was led by junior forward Corey Raji's 18 points and nine rebounds, while junior forward Joe Trapani added 14.

The loss drops Virginia to ninth place in the ACC, and Boston College remains in eighth. The Cavaliers will play their final game of the regular season Saturday against No. 23 Maryland at John Paul Jones Arena.

-compiled by Andrew Seidman