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Squad pushes past pesky Jackets

The Virginia men's basketball team responded to a 46-43 second-half deficit with a 12-0 run that helped it to a 62-56 win at Georgia Tech last night. It marked the Cavaliers' third consecutive victory against the Yellow Jackets (11-16, 3-10 ACC), who have now lost seven straight conference games.


Senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan totaled a game-high 17 points, including a pair of free throws that snapped a late tie and a subsequent three-pointer that extended his team's lead to 51-46 with 4:05 remaining. With the score 60-56, junior center Assane Sene fouled sophomore guard Mfon Udofia on a three-point attempt with five seconds left in the game, but Udofia missed all three foul shots. Sene finished with nine points and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Joe Harris added 11 points, while sophomore guard Jontel Evans scored nine points to go along with seven assists.


Georgia Tech out-rebounded Virginia 37-24, but the Cavaliers (14-13, 5-8 ACC) knocked down four of eight second half three-pointers to stay afloat. Virginia shot 45.5 percent from the floor during the second half, compared to a 38.5 percent performance during the first.


The Cavaliers take the court again Saturday for a noon showdown against Boston College.


-compiled by Nick Eilerson