Thursday, March 09, 2006

State pride: Hokies battle back to take lead... only to lose

Virginia Tech trailed by as many as ten points (38-28) early in the second half, but a host of Hokies helped the team battle back -- only to lose to Virginia thanks to a tremendous effort by the Cavs' J.R. Reynolds. Reynolds poured in 23 points to help Virginia overcome a late deficit to retake the lead. The Wahoos will take on Roy Williams' Tar Heels tomorrow evening. They'll have to battle better on the boards and get better bench play if they hope to beat North Carolina. Tonight, Virginia's bench scored just two points, and the duo of J.R. Reynolds and Sean Singletary played all but 4 minutes -- combined. In their last game against the league's hottest team, the Cavs' lost 99-54 in the Smith Center.

Virginia Tech
Points - Zabian Dowdell - 15 pts
Rebounds - Markus Sailes - 8 rbs
Assists - Zabian Dowdell - 4 ast

Points - J.R. Reynolds - 23 pts
Rebounds - Laurynas Mikalauskas - 12 rbs
Assists - Sean Singletary - 4 ast

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