College basketball: Cavs surprise Clemson
Published 12:00 am Monday, February 16, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. ó On the day Virginia honored its biggest star of the past decade, Sylven Landesberg showed he’s ready to become the next one.
The freshman guard tied the game on a driving basket with 13.4 seconds left in regulation and added six of his 23 points in overtime Sunday as Virginia beat No. 12 Clemson 85-81, ending an eight-game losing streak on the day Sean Singletary’s No. 44 jersey was hung from the rafters.
Clemson’s Terrence Oglesby had 17 points, including five 3-pointers, but his leaning attempt with eight seconds left was well off the mark. Jamil Tucker’s free throw clinched the win.
“If you’re not dead-on sharp, you’ve got a chance, on someone else’s home court, you’ve got a chance for something like this to happen,” Clemson coach Oliver Purnell said. “Any time you go to overtime, it’s anybody’s ballgame, particularly if you’re on the road.”
Landesberg played all 45 minutes, becoming the first Virginia player to play an entire game since Singletary did so in a 65-60 victory against Virginia Tech in 2005.
Clemson (20-4, 6-4 ACC) erased a 33-25 deficit against the Cavs (8-13, 2-8) by scoring the first 14 points of the second half.
“They punched us, and we just came back swinging,” said Sammy Zeglinski, who hit all six of his field goal attempts, including three 3-pointers, and finished with 15 points and six assists.
No. 5 Louisville 99, DePaul 54
LOUISVILLE, Ky. ó Preston Knowles had 19 points to lead Louisville (19-5, 10-12 Big East) over DePaul (8-18, 0-13).
The 13th straight loss matched the Blue Demons’ worst streak ever.
Loyola of Chicago 71, No. 15 Butler 67
INDIANAPOLIS ó Freshman Jordan Hicks scored a career-high 23 points as Loyola of Chicago (13-15, 5-11 Horizon) snapped a six-game losing streak.
The loss prevented the Bulldogs (22-3, 13-2) from clinching at least a share of their third straight conference title.
No. 18 Arizona State 65, USC 53
TEMPE, Ariz. Derek Glasser scored a career-high 18 points and Jeff Pendergraph had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Sun Devils (20-5, 9-4 Pac-10).
USC coach Tim Floyd was given two technical fouls and ejected with 47.9 seconds remaining for arguing an offensive foul call against Daniel Hackett with the Trojans (15-9, 6-6) trailing 57-51.
Glasser made six free throws the rest of the way to give ASU its first back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1980-81.
No. 22 Illinois 65, Indiana 52
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ó Mike Tisdale and Mike Davis both scored 16 points as Illinois (21-5, 9-4 Big Ten) held off a second-half rally from Indiana (6-18, 1-11).
It’s the first Hoosiers team to lose 18 games in a season. The 1969-70 team lost 17 games and set the school record for Big Ten losses (11), a mark this Indiana team has tied.
The rivalry game had all the trimmings. Davis yelled at Indiana coach Tom Crean when the teams left the court at halftime, and fans chanted “Shut Up Weber” at Illinois coach Bruce Weber several times during Indiana’s comeback. Illinois guard Calvin Brock even drew a technical foul after celebrating a one-handed dunk.