- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 31, 2009

VIRGINIA 72, No. 24 UAB 63: Sylven Landesberg scored 19 points and had two free throws and two key assists in the final 2:36 on Wednesday night as the Cavaliers (7-4) beat the Blazers (11-2) in Charlottesville to end UAB’s 10-game winning streak.

Virginia beat a ranked opponent for the first time since it topped Clemson in February, giving first-year coach Tony Bennett his biggest victory at Virginia.

UAB, which moved into the Top 25 this week for the first time since the end of the 2006-07 season, got a career-high 27 points and 11 rebounds from Elijah Millsap. UAB missed 10 of 15 free throws and was outscored 22-13 over the final 10 minutes.

The Cavaliers trailed most of the game but scored seven straight points to tie it at 50-50 with 10:26 to play. Jerome Meyinsse’s short jumper started the run, and Jontel Evans hit a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down and then a driving left-handed layup to tie it.

After Ovie Soko’s basket gave the Blazers the lead back, Mustapha Farrakhan hit his second 3-pointer and Sammy Zeglinski added a four-point play with 7:17 remaining.

The Cavaliers never trailed again.

UAB got within 61-59 in the closing minutes, but Landesberg, who had six rebounds and four assists, fed Mike Scott for an easy basket and then fed him again for a baby hook with 1:21 to play after Howard Crawford had pulled the Blazers within two.

Landesberg’s two free throws with 49.6 seconds left all but finished it.

Crawford had 14 points for the Blazers.

NAVY 75, COPPIN STATE 72: Jordan Sugars hit a 3-pointer with one second remaining, and the Midshipmen (5-8) beat the Eagles (5-6) in Annapolis.

Sugars, who was 7-for-15 from 3-point range, led Navy with 27 points. Chris Harris added 20 points, and Jeremy Wilson had 10. Harris hit four 3-pointers to become Navy’s career leader with 238 3-pointers in his career.

RADFORD 80, GEORGE MASON 53: Art Parakhouski scored 34 points, including 20 in the second half, and added 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Highlanders (6-5) in a victory over the Patriots (6-6) in Radford, Va.

Parakhouski, who entered the game as the nation’s top rebounder (13.3), was 11-for-15 from the field and 12-for-15 from the free throw line for his ninth double-double of the season.

Luke Hancock led George Mason with 10 points.

VIRGINIA TECH 85, LONGWOOD 50: Freshman Erick Green scored 15 points and Jeff Allen added 13 to lead the Hokies (11-1) to a win over the Lancers (3-11) in Blacksburg.

Green played a career-high 30 minutes in relief of ACC scoring leader Malcolm Delaney, who sprained his left ankle just over a minute into the game and did not return.

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