College basketball: Virginia retires No. 44
By Hank Kurz Jr.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. ó During a season in which little has gone right for Virginia, the return of Sean Singletary to John Paul Jones Arena gave fans something to cheer about Sunday, and the struggling basketball team then followed suit.
The fifth-leading scorer in Virginia history, Singletary had his jersey No. 44 retired at halftime, just before the Cavaliers came back to beat No. 12 Clemson 85-81 in overtime.
Singletary said he has faith things will improve at Virginia.
“They’re having growing pains, and it’s a process,” he said. “If I can give the guys a little more energy, that’s good, too.”
Singletary, now with the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats, scored 2,079 points in college and became the seventh Virginia player to have his jersey retired, joining Jeff Lamp (3), Barry Parkhill (40), Ralph Sampson (50), Bryant Stith (20), Wally Walker (41) and Buzzy Wilkinson (14).