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Men's Basketball: Landesberg's big night

Before Sunday's win over North Carolina, Sylven Landesberg's teammates joked with him that Smith Center is almost like college basketball's Madison Square Garden. Those words carry weight with Virginia's star sophomore, a native New Yorker who is proud of his hometown.

"You got to come and show up here," Landesberg said. "I definitely took that to mind and tried to show off a little bit."

Landesberg scored a season-high 29 points on 11 for 18 from the field. He made 7 of his 8 free throws, and scored on every player who defended him. North Carolina Coach Roy Williams kept rotating Tar Heels without success, including senior Marcus Ginyard, who entered the season with the reputation as a defensive stopper.

Landesberg is friends with a handful of players on North Carolina's roster, including Ed Davis, Larry Drew II and Dexter Strickland. He struggled in two games against the Tar Heels last season, which made Sunday that much more gratifying.

"As soon as the ball jumped, I knew I was in the zone," Landesberg said.

Landesberg said he did not know how many points he had, but he was aware of the time on the clock because of the Cavaliers' tendency to lose leads. He believed that Sunday's win is evidence that the Cavaliers can beat anybody.

"To beat North Carolina, it feels so good," Landesberg said. "It was on the road, too, and that adds a lot to it."

By Zach Berman  |  February 1, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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