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#13 Virginia battles back to defeat Georgia Tech 64-62, moves to 6-0 in ACC (1-23-21)

By: Darrell Owens

Headline Photo Credit: Darrell Owens-LMS Network

#13 Virginia (9-2 Overall, 5-0 ACC) headed into Saturday contest vs. Georgia Tech (7-3 overall, 3-1 ACC) on a 5-game winning streak and looking to go 6-0 in the ACC. They took on a Georgia Tech who was also on a 5-game winning streak. The Yellow Jackets haven’t Loss since December 15. The Cavaliers have worked hard to get back on track since their early-season struggles. UVA Seniors Sam Hauser & Jay Huff have led the team in scoring this season, and the defense is back to its old ways. In this contest, both teams would get off to a slow start.

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In the 9 minutes of the game, the teams combined for an 8-22 from the floor with six turnovers. Georgia Tech went on a 7-0 run given them a 12-5 lead. With 9:08 left in the 1st half, UVA went on their own 7-0 run, given the Cavs a 21-19 lead. This game was a true contest of runs in the beginning. The Yellow Jackets would go a 10-0 run to regain the lead 29-21 with less than 6 mins left in the first half. Virginia would fight back before the half and would only be down by four points after a Jay Huff 3-pointer as time expired.

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In the second half, Georgia Tech maintains control of the game until there was 4:57 left. Sam Hauser knocked down a jumper to give the Cavs a 57-56, their first lead since the score was 21-19 midway through the first half. After trade baskets for the next couple of minutes, Kihei Clark would give the Cavs the lead for the final time with 1:08 left to secure the victory.

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Sam Hauser leads UVA with 22 points, and Jay Huff chipped in with 18 points. Jose Alvarado led Georgia Tech with 20 points. Virginia moves to (10-2 overall, 6-0 ACC) on the season. Their next matchup will be Monday at home vs. Syracuse at 7 pm on ESPN