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Wahoo Basketball Begins to Move on After Sweet 16 Run

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

The UVa men's basketball team lost 61-59 in the Sweet 16 in Madison Square Garden against Michigan State late Friday night.

"This is good for our program," said UVa Head Coach Tony Bennett. "This is good for our young men to play in this place, to play against that caliber of a team in this setting - that's huge."

UVa tied the school record with 30 wins this season and were playing the regional semifinals for the first time since 1995.

The 2 point loss at Madison Square Garden not only ends the Cavaliers season in the Sweet 16, it also signals the end of the careers of UVa seniors Akil Mitchell and Joe Harris.

Harris said, "The fact that it's over with now, you know it sucks. It's one of the worst feelings in the world. It was hard to keep your composure and kind of keep yourself together after the game because it was starting to sink in...We came in and we wanted to make a difference. We wanted to leave the program in a better spot than when we came in and I think we've definitely done that."

Mitchell said, "It's rough to think about my career being over. At the same time to think about all the things that we've accomplished this year."

Virginia will return a lot of talented players as they now look towards the future.

"You can't look back,” said Malcolm Brogdon. “You can't look at this loss. We just have to look at that we made it to the Sweet 16. We won the ACC. We won the ACC tournament championship. Now we've gotta repeat that and do better."

No matter the score, the Cavaliers still have a lot of support.

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