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Cavaliers surge past No. 20 Tech

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- In outlining what he hoped his team would play like what he came to Virginia, coach Tony Bennett talked of playing hard, scrappy defense, rebounding the ball and taking good shots that were the product of a mostly patient offense.

Now, the first-year coach can just show a tape of the Cavaliers' 82-75 victory against No. 20 Georgia Tech on Wednesday night, a game when it all seemed to come together.

''You've got to win the hustle game, and we did that, got a good lift from our bench, took care of the ball and made our free throws,'' Bennett said. ''Those are good things.''

Sylven Landesberg scored 22 points and Virginia used a 16-4 run late in the second half to take command. The Cavaliers also held Georgia Tech to 6-for-17 shooting in the final 91/2 minutes after the Yellow Jackets hurt them by making 27 of their first 47 attempts from the field.

The Cavaliers finished 23 for 26 from the free throw line, including making 14 of 15 over the final 81/2 minutes, and even turned the lone miss down the stretch into a big boost.

The miss came by Jerome Meyinsse on the front end of a one-and-one, after Meyinsse grabbed a key rebound after a miss, allowing the Cavaliers to run down the clock. When Meyinsse missed, Landesberg came away with the rebound, and Sammy Zeglinski hit a contested 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down, giving Virginia a 72-63 lead with 2:08 to play.

''That really put us in a bad spot,'' Yellow Jackets coach Paul Hewitt said.

Georgia Tech, meanwhile, finished just 3-for-11 from the foul line.

Virginia (10-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its sixth straight game, its longest winning streak since it won seven in a row in the 2006-07 season, and opened ACC play 2-0 for the first time since 1994-95, when the Cavaliers won their first four conference games.

''It just seems like to me this year everybody's a lot more confident,'' said Mustapha Farrakhan, who finished with 15 points, four assists and three steals. ''We're going in there and playing with a lot of confidence out there, relying on one another. It's great.''

Georgia Tech (12-4, 1-2), coming off a victory against Duke, shot 51.6 percent from the field, but fizzled once Virginia made it's run, whipping the crowd into a frenzy.

''Those last eight or 10 minutes, we just didn't finish the game out strong,'' Hewitt said.

Mike Scott added 12 points and Zeglinski had 10 for the Cavaliers.

Zackery Peacock led Georgia Tech with 19 points and Iman Shumpert had 15.

Norcross grad Gani Lawal scored 12 for the Yellow Jackets.