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Men's Basketball: Piecing together the final three minutes

With 3 minutes 2 seconds remaining in Thursday's loss to Virginia Tech, Virginia's players huddled by the bench during a media timeout with a 10-point lead.

What happened? In progression...

- Two free-throws by Malcolm Delaney (U-Va. 62, Va. Tech 54)
- Turnover by Sammy Zeglinski (On the inbound, so no time elapsed)
- Missed jumper by Delaney
- Zeglinski's shot is blocked
- Layup by Delaney (62-56)
- Turnover by Sylven Landesberg
- Layup by J.T. Thompson off an offensive rebound (62-58)
- Missed layup by Mike Scott
- Three-pointer by Dorenzo Hudson (62-61)
- Virginia 30-second timeout (1:33 remaining)
- Jeff Jones missed jump shot (23 seconds into shot clock)
- Layup by Thompson (Va. Tech 63, U-Va. 62, 39 seconds remaining)

That is how a team loses a 10-point lead in play-by-play form. Poor decisions, lack of offensive execution and an inability to play with composure.

"We were pretty solid with our decision making up until that point and then there were some breakdowns," Coach Tony Bennett said. "We could have run some clock. Jeff got a wide-open look. He had hit one and it would have been a time to run some clock. We left a guy unguarded in transition, two turnovers and the out-of-bound plays, fouling Delaney — there were just some things where I thought our execution and just making some sound decisions hurt us.

“Offensively we definitely did get stagnant. Sylven was drawing quite a crowd and there were some chances where if we could have made that next pass. ... It’s something we have to learn from and they did a good job of really stacking up wherever Syl was.”

By Zach Berman  |  January 29, 2010; 10:48 AM ET
 
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