Columbus: Tennessee Feeling Sweet

By - March 18, 2007


Lofton drained a pair of fouls to re-open a three-point lead, then Singletary was fouled before the Virginia point guard could get to the goal, hitting two more foul shots to close the deficit to 75-74. Virginia double-teamed Lofton on the inbounds pass but Bradshaw still found him. Here comes Lofton to the line for two...

First shot: nothing but net.

Second shot: buckets.

Singletary drives down the court and pulls up for a potential game-tying three that misses the mark and the Philly native collapses face down onto the hardwood near the top of the key. Leitao and his teammates come out and pick up from the floor All-ACC point guard, who still has his head down crying. Final score: Tennessee 77, Virginia 74.

It's a bitter end for Singletary, who enjoyed a breakout season in leading Virginia back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001 -- and just the second time in a decade.

Per the P.A. announcer: Virginia Tech and Southern Illinois will tip off at 3:08 p.m. ET.

Posted by at 02:34 PM on March 18, 2007
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