CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Nicholas Vita banked in a jumper
with 3 seconds to play Wednesday night, breaking a 60-all tie and
lifting Fordham past Virginia 62-60.
The basket was just one of two in the game for the 6-foot-3
walk-on, and when the Cavaliers J.R. Reynolds' shot before the
buzzer missed, the Rams (2-6) prevailed.
Virginia (3-3) played without point guard and co-captain Sean
Singletary, who watched in street clothes while nursing a hip
injury. Forward Donte Minter also sat it out for the Cavaliers
while recovering from off-season knee surgery, leaving first-year
coach Dave Leitao with only seven recruited scholarship players
The Cavaliers led 56-49 with about six minutes to go, but
Fordham scored seven straight to get even and the game was
back-and-forth the rest of the way.
Reynolds, an 82 percent free-throw shooter last season, twice
missed the second of two free throws in the final 1:17, allowing
the Rams to stay in it.
The Cavaliers got 16 points and 15 rebounds from Jason Cain, who
established career highs in both for the second consecutive game.
Tunji Soroye added 12 points and Adrian Joseph 11 for Virginia,
which didn't hit a field goal for the final 2:22.