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Meyinsse tries to fill final days with Virginia

Jerome Meyinsse is a smart man, and he's aware that his four-year career on the Virginia men's basketball is coming to a close. Barring a miracle at the ACC tournament, Meyinsse has two regular season games and however many ACC tournament games remaining.

Unfortunately for Meyinsse, it comes at a time when the senior captain is playing the best he's played throughout his career.

In Sunday's loss to Duke, Meyinsse scored a career-high 21 points and had seven rebounds. He scored double figures in consecutive games for the first time in his career, and appeared to be a legitimate low-post presence.

"I just tried to be more aggressive on the offensive end," Meyinsse said. "Anytime I caught the ball, I tried to attack the rim and finish strong. Especially when our guards penetrated, I tried to get to an open spot."

He is averaging 21 minutes this season after averaging 8.8 minutes last season. Meyinsse views this year as a testimony to his hard work during the past three seasons. Coach Tony Bennett has praised his senior, who has showed an eagerness to improve since Bennett first arrived on campus. Bennett has said Meyinsse is more talented than the coaching staff initially though, too.

Meyinsse hurt his hand in the second half, but insisted he'll play. He knows the clock is ticking on his career.

"I'm trying to play every game like it's my last," Meyinsse said. "I don't want my career to end, but when it does end, I'm going to try to go out fighting."

By Zach Berman  |  March 2, 2010; 10:31 AM ET
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