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Bennett, Boyle React to Losses to Georgia Tech

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Super Bowl Sunday was a forgettable one for the Virginia Cavaliers basketball program.

Virginia lost to Georgia Tech in both men and women's basketball, blowing big leads in both games.

Both loses hurt the 'Hoos chances for an NCAA tournament bid.

It was a tale of two halves for the Cavalier men.

Akil Mitchell had a couple nice dunks in the 1st half, as Virginia built a nine-point halftime lead over the Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech came in ranked as the ACC's worst shooting team, but shot a surprising 50 percent from the field against UVA's stingy defense in the 2nd half.

Virginia made just 8 of 28 shots in the final 20 minutes.

Mike Tobey, coming off his best game, had just one point.

The Cavaliers had a few chances in the end to pull out a win, but Mitchell missed a handful of shots in the paint.

Georgia Tech snaps Virginia's 4-game win streak 66-60, and becomes the first ACC team this year to score more than 60 points on the Wahoos.

"We played well enough for the majority of the game to come away with a victory, but there were too many turnovers, missed open shots, and we missed a couple crucial free throws that really cost us," says head coach Tony Bennett. "They really hustled, and they got to some loose balls. It wasn't that we weren't hustling, it was just that they were quicker to some balls that you have to get to pull out a game like that on the road."

Virginia didn't make a single shot from the field during an eight-minute stretch late in the game.

The 'Hoos are now 1-3 in the ACC on the road, but maybe that's to be expected with a young team.

Bennett says, "There will be up's and down's with less experienced players, and that's where you hope your upperclassmen can lead on the road, but that's all part of it.  We put ourselves in a spot to come away with a win, and we didn't finish it the way we needed. I told them after the game, after a win you don't get too high and you learn from it and grow from it, and after a loss you don't get too low but you come back ready to work. We'll have two days to prepare for a team that took it to us down at Clemson."

Virginia lost by 15 at Clemson last month, and will host the Tigers Thursday 7 pm.

The Wahoo women lost to a Georgia Tech team which only had two ACC wins.

Virginia got a career high 28 points from Telia McCall, while Ataira Franklin had 12 points.

The Cavaliers led by seven at halftime, and stretched the lead to 12 early in the second half.

It looked like Virginia had the game won, leading by one with less than 20 seconds left.

But a steal by the Yellow Jackets under the UVA basket would give Georgia Tech they lead, and the 65-62 defeat snaps Virginia's three-game win streak.

"Just a lot of credit to Georgia Tech I thought they played a great game," says head coach Joanne Boyle.  "I'm just disappointed for us. Our team, we were on a roll there for a while, but there's a lot of basketball to be played yet, and we have to regroup and move forward. We played too conservative. I don't know why but we did, but it forced us into disjointed offense, and we didn't have a good flow at all."

The UVA women will host Duke Friday at 7 pm.

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