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But they couldn't hold on.
What happened? Well, partly it was probably just tired legs: Virginia's rotation has been decimated. Assane Sene has been out for some time with an ankle injury, TK Harrell and James Johnson left at Christmas and now Malcolm Brogdon is out again with a foot injury.
In addition, Joe Harris is playing with an injured hand.
Virginia got 22 minutes from their bench and two points, two rebounds, two steals and seven fouls.
The hinge of the game, according to Michael Snaer was when Bernard James was ejected for kicking Harris while both were on the floor after chasing the ball down:
"It was like, 'It's on now. They messed up. They shouldn't have ever threw BJ out of the game. That was the mistake they made. The fans were like, 'Yes. BJ's gone. We can attack them.' No, because we just get even more mad, We just get even more fuel. We're a fuel team. We're an angry team and when we're angry, we can hurt you."
You'd have thought losing to Harvard would have been good for a few weeks, but apparently not.
Ian Smith hit the game winner with 0.8 left on the clock, a three pointer that might as well have come with a blade.
It's not official yet, but UVa's season, for all intents and purposes, is pretty much over. They just don't have enough horses.
Meanwhile, down in Tiger Town, Virginia's arch-rival suffered yet another close loss, falling to Clemson 58-56.
The Hokies could have tied it with 2.2 seconds left, but Cedarian Raines missed the front end of a one-and-one. He's basically a 50% shooter, so maybe that was predictable.
With the loss, Tech falls to 15-15 and is in danger of not being eligible for the NIT, which would probably be very useful for such a young team.
Look at how close they are to a really good year: they lost to Minnesota by three, Wake by three, FSU by four, BC by two, BYU by two, Maryland by four, FSU by one, Virginia by two and now Clemson by two.
That's just 23 points from being 24-6 and 12-3.
No wonder Seth Greenberg doesn't have any hair.
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