Hoos Hammer Heels

There's probably only one way Tony Bennett and the Hoos could've erased much of the lingering pain from Thursday's collapse against Tech: by going on the road and beating North Carolina. Mission accomplished. Virginia went down to Chapel Hill and demolished a UNC squad that, frankly, looked like they didn't care for much of the game. I love the intro to the AP story:

Sylven Landesberg scored 29 points and Virginia ran off 18 unanswered points early in the second half to beat struggling North Carolina 75-60 on Sunday night.

Sammy Zeglinski added 19 points for the Cavaliers (13-6, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who regrouped from consecutive losses to earn another impressive victory under first-year coach Tony Bennett. Virginia had lost 63 of 68 meetings in Chapel Hill, but blew the game open by holding the Tar Heels without a field goal for nearly 8 minutes in front of a stunned Smith Center crowd.

Wow. I'm still stunned, myself.

Landesberg was incredible tonight, one of the best performances I've seen from the young guy. The defense, however, was simply spectacular. The Hoos held UNC to 36% from the field, and they got a stop every time they needed one. Jerome Meyinsse blocked 3 shots, and all were important. You can't help but be happy for Jerome. He's having a great senior season.

Up next: NC State comes to Charlottesville. With a win, Virginia would improve to 5-2 in the ACC, and that's almost unimaginable. Heck, if they hadn't given away the Tech game, they'd be 5-1 now and in control of the conference.

Oh well, I'm not going to complain. It's a night to celebrate. Way to go, Hoos.

A win's a win, right?

A win's a win, I guess, but this one shouldn't have been this close:

Sylven Landesberg hit a 15-footer with 2.2 seconds left Monday night, lifting Virginia to a 69-67 victory against North Carolina-Wilmington.

Virginia (12-4) won its eighth straight, its longest winning streak since the start of the 2003-04 season, but had to make a late comeback to do it.

Wilmington (6-12) trailed before a 21-4 run gave it a 61-58 lead with 3:58 to play. The visitors were ahead 64-60 with 2:57 left before Virginia rescued itself with a 9-3 run.

Jerome Meyinsse had a career-high 14 points, and Mike Scott added 12.

Okay, let's take the win (that's 12, two more than last year's team had!) and get back to ACC play. Next up: Wake Forest, in Winston-Salem. I'm thinking about going to that game. Stay tuned.