Virginia 54, Virginia Tech 49

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Adrian Joseph made a 3-pointer with 44
seconds left to snap a tie and give Virginia a wild 54-49 victory
over Virginia Tech on Sunday.

The Cavaliers (8-6, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 49-44
with 3:39 to play, but Sean Singletary scored the last five points
in his own run of 13 straight Virginia points to tie it, and Joseph
broke the tie with his third 3-pointer of the game.

The Hokies (10-7, 0-4) had two possessions to tie it, but
3-point tries by Zabian Dowdell and Jamon Gordon both missed,
allowing the Cavaliers to hold on.

Mamadi Diane's two free throws with 7.4 seconds left clinched

Singletary and J.R. Reynolds led Virginia with 16 points each
and Joseph had 11.

Dowdell had 16 points and Coleman Collins added 14 for the

The Cavaliers finished 9-for-20 on 3-pointers, and Joseph's was
the biggest. With Singletary dominating on offense for Virginia at
the time, Joseph found himself wide open in the left corner and
launched the left-handed shot that silenced the arena.

It was a fitting end to a wild 121st game between the schools.

Virginia led 32-29 but hadn't scored in more than 5 minutes when
the game turned wild with just over 11 minutes left. Collins
appeared to pull the Hokies within one with a baseline dunk, but he
threw it down with such force that it got caught up in the net,
which flipped it back out probably 15 feet above the basket.

When the officials waved off the basket, Hokies coach Seth
Greenberg argued and got a technical foul. Reynolds' two free
throws gave the Cavaliers a 34-29 lead.

But it also brought the crowd to life, and the Hokies followed
their lead.

When Reynolds was fouled with 10:58 left and made both shots,
the referees noticed something had been thrown on the floor and
told the public address announcer to warn the crowd that they could
be called for a technical if anything else was thrown.

As the crowd booed lustily, Greenberg grabbed the microphone,
told the crowd his team would play its hardest for the last 11
minutes and asked them to cooperate.

With Virginia Tech rallying to the front, they screamed their

Chris Tucker hit a 10-footer on the baseline to start it, and
after Singletary's 3-pointer gave Virginia a 39-31 lead, the Hokies
scored the next 11 points. Gordon tied it on a drive with 7:27
left, and Collins' layup made it 41-39 with 6:41 to go.

Then, with Singletary heating up for the Cavaliers, it went to
the wire.