Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 4, 2013

Yellow Jackets sting Cavaliers


Associated Press

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech rallied from a halftime deficit of nine points, finally taking the lead on Mfon Udofia's jumper with 1:19 remaining, and beat Virginia 66-60 on Sunday to end the Cavaliers' four-game winning streak.

Virginia led 54-48 following a 3-pointer by freshman Evan Nolte with 9:40 remaining. The Cavaliers then went more than 9 minutes without a field goal before Jontel Evans' driving basket with 35 seconds remaining.

Udofia led Georgia Tech (12-8, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 15 points.

Freshmen Chris Bolden and Robert Carter Jr. each had 14. Kammeon Holsey had 10 points.

Joe Harris led Virginia (15-6, 5-3) with 18 points, including only four points in the second half. Akil Mitchell had 13 points.

Virginia, which shot 51.9 percent from the field in the first half (14 of 27), made only 8 of 28 shots (28.6 percent) in the second half.

Virginia ranks third in the nation and first in the ACC with its average of 51.2 points allowed per game. Georgia Tech is the first ACC team to reach 60 points against the Cavaliers.

Virginia led 37-28 at halftime.  Carter opened the second half with back-to-back baskets, followed by a short jumper by another freshman, Marcus Georges-Hunt, to cut the lead to 37-34.

Nolte, from Milton, Ga., had a 3-pointer to end the modest Georgia Tech run.

Bolden's 3-pointer with 3:45 left tied the game at 57-57.

Justin Anderson had 10 points for the Cavaliers but had several misses near the basket in the closing minutes.

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VIRGINIA (15-6)

Nolte 2-9 0-0 6, Mitchell 6-14 1-1 13, Evans 2-5 0-0 4, Jesperson 1-3 0-0 3, Harris 6-14 2-4 18, Barnette 1-1 0-0 3, Jones 1-1 0-0 2, Tobey 0-0 1-2 1, Anderson 3-8 3-4 10. Totals 22-55 7-11 60.

GEORGIA TECH (12-8)

Georges-Hunt 1-6 5-6 7, Carter 6-8 2-3 14, Miller 2-4 0-0 4, Udofia 4-8 4-4 15, Bolden 4-10 5-7 14, Jordan 0-0 0-0 0, Poole Jr. 0-1 0-0 0, Reed 0-1 0-2 0, Holsey 5-7 2-3 12, Poole 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-46 18-25 66.

Halftime—Virginia 37-28. 3-Point Goals—Virginia 9-22 (Harris 4-9, Nolte 2-8, Anderson 1-1, Barnette 1-1, Jesperson 1-3), Georgia Tech 4-15 (Udofia 3-5, Bolden 1-5, Poole 0-1, Georges-Hunt 0-2, Carter 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Virginia 31 (Mitchell 12), Georgia Tech 32 (Carter, Miller 8). Assists—Virginia 15 (Anderson, Evans, Harris 4), Georgia Tech 12 (Miller 4). Total Fouls—Virginia 22, Georgia Tech 14. A—7,128.