To all those Cavalier fans falling off the Virginia men's basketball bandwagon during the team's recent slide, senior forward Mike Scott and the rest of the squad delivered an emphatic second-half message against Maryland Saturday: Don't jump ship just yet. Tied at 31 going into halftime, the No.
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.
[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.
ATLANTA - As I struggled with the first paragraph to my final Virginia football column, I stumbled upon these four lines of poetic grace served up by Ludacris on Jermaine Dupri's "Welcome to Atlanta." This veritable truth bomb captures well the losses endured and lessons learned during Virginia's trip to the Dec.
[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.