Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pack Clips Cavs 72-67

For those of you with heart conditions or high blood pressure, I'd advise you stay as far away from the RBC center as you can. State once again played an ACC opponent down to the wire and won. Virginia didn't score a point in the first 4 minutes of the game and trailed by 18 at one point, but the heart-attack Pack, once again, was unable to hold a big lead. The Cavs clawed back to within one by pressing, getting physical, and heating up from outside, but it was Courtney Fells and a slick little coaching move by Sid that helped the Pack walk away with a victory.

Courtney Fells' defense on Landesberg, Virginia's high scoring freshman, was the key to the Pack fending off Virginia's furious comeback as he kept Landesberg to only 4-14 shooting. Although Fells wasn't his usual self on offense, it was his clutch free throws down the stretch that locked up the victory for the Wolfpack.

We'd also like to tip our caps to a few youngsters who's play today was absolutely outstanding. CJ Williams finished up with a team and career high 16 points, going 4-6 from beyond the arc, and Tracy Smith continued his beast fest as he cruised to a not so quiet 13 points.

As the game wound down, Virginia crept to within 3 with 8 seconds to play when Sidney Lowe decided to take a risk. He called for his players to foul, sending Virginia to the line for 1 and 1. "It just felt right, and yeah it's something we talked about. It's a risk, but it looks good when it works," said assistant coach Monte Towe about the decision. Landesberg missed the front end and Sidney Lowe once again pulled the right strings...something, if you've been paying attention, he's been making a habit of lately.


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