Despite a dominant performance from junior guard Jontel Evans, the Virginia men's basketball team fell 60-48 at Clemson yesterday evening and has now dropped three of its past four games.
Evans posted 17 points while shooting 72.7 percent from the field and opened the game with a perfect 6-of-6.
The No. 21 Virginia men's basketball team led No. 5 North Carolina by 3 with 16 minutes 50 seconds remaining, but the Tar Heels (21-4, 8-2 ACC) closed the game with a 33-12 run and finished off the Cavaliers (19-5, 6-4 ACC) Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill, 70-52.
Senior forward Tyler Zeller manhandled an undersized Virginia frontcourt all day, finishing with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals.
The Cavaliers' star senior forward Mike Scott finished with 18 points, but missed eight shots on a day when he needed to be perfect to carry his teammates, who shot just 29 percent.
In the backdrop of last night's 68-44 thrashing of Wake Forest beamed Mike Scott's face - plastered on a fan's hand-crafted dollar bill with the slogan, "In Scott We Trust."
After shooting a perfect 9-of-9 from the field while scoring 19 points, the senior forward demonstrated why he's earned John Paul Jones' faith.
Scott kick-started a Cavaliers team, which had suffered a last-second 58-55 loss against Florida State Saturday, by immediately nailing two jumpers.
With eight minutes remaining in the second half, the No.16 Virginia men's basketball team trailed No.21 Florida State 42-29, but the Cavaliers battled back and in the last few minutes had a slim shot of forcing overtime.
Virginia had the ball with two seconds left, but junior guard Jontel Evans couldn't make a three-point shot before the buzzer sounded and Florida State foiled Virginia's comeback bid, 58-55.
Saturday's loss added one more heartbreaking defeat to the Cavaliers' 12-year winless streak in Tallahassee.
In addition to stopping Virginia's three-game winning streak, the Seminoles (16-6, 7-1 ACC) won their seventh straight game and cemented their position at the top of the conference along with North Carolina.
The Virginia men's basketball team held advantages in nearly every statistical category, yet coach Tony Bennett still found his team trailing Clemson 30-26 at halftime.
The ACC's two top scoring defenses will clash tonight when the No.
Senior guard Sammy Zeglinski finally rediscovered his three-point touch, while N.C. State sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown couldn't find his in a key situation as the Virginia men's basketball team hung on for a 61-60 road win in Raleigh, N.C.
[caption id="attachment_49291" align="alignleft" width="147" caption="Sophomore forward Akil Mitchell posted 10 points and five rebounds in his second start in place of injured senior center Assane Sene.
[caption id="attachment_49231" align="alignleft" width="175" caption="Facing a young Boston College squad tonight, senior forward Mike Scott will look to bounce back from Sunday's relatively quiet performance against Virginia Tech.
He has never fully materialized as an offensive threat and his ball-handling is suspect at best, but when senior Assane Sene fractured his right ankle Jan.
[caption id="attachment_49054" align="alignleft" width="210" caption="Sophomore guard Joe Harris finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, but his last-second layup proved too little, too late in a battle against Virginia Tech.
[caption id="attachment_48972" align="alignleft" width="165" caption="Senior guard Sammy Zeglinski put two tough shooting performances against Miami and Duke behind him with his first double-digit point total since Jan.
[caption id="attachment_48923" align="alignleft" width="283" caption="Freshman guard Malcolm Brogdon returns to his home state of Georgia tonight for the Cavaliers' game at Georgia Tech.
[caption id="attachment_48857" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Senior forward Mike Scott went toe-to-toe with coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Cameron Crazies, but in spite of his game-high 23 points and nine rebounds, Scott and the Cavaliers saw their 12-game winning streak snapped.
For the second time in as many days, Virginia coach Tony Bennett announced that one of his players will leave the Cavalier basketball program.
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