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Virginia wins it from the line

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Travis Watson hit both ends of a one-and-one with 2:07 left in overtime Monday night and Donald Hand added two from the line with 12.9 seconds to play, giving Virginia a 71-66 victory over Virginia Tech.

The Cavaliers (13-5), who forced the overtime by holding Virginia Tech scoreless for the last 3:05 of regulation, were 7-for-8 from the line in the extra period, equalling the Hokies' made free-throws total for the game.

Virginia Tech (9-9) has now lost 70 of its 114 meetings against its in-state rival, a series that has run for the last 66 years in a row, and 21 of 26.

Hand scored 15 of his 21 points after halftime, including eight straight during a 16-2 run early in the second half and seven in the extra period.

But it was Watson, who missed two free throws with 1:52 left in regulation that could have tied the game and the front end of a one-and-one after giving the Cavaliers the lead, that made the scores that counted most -- with 2:07 to play.

The shots, which came when Hokies guard Brendan Dunlop tried to strip him of the ball as Watson went up for a shot, were the only two he made in six tries on the night, and also cost the Hokies Dunlop, their catalyst down the stretch.

When he fouled out, Dunlop had scored 14 of the Hokies' last 21 points.

Dennis Mims drew the Hokies to within 67-66 with a turnaround from the baseline, but after Watson missed the front end of a one-and-one, neither team scored again until Hand made two from the line with 12.9 seconds to go.

Roger Mason added 13 points and Adam Hall 12 for Virginia, which finished 16-for-23 from the line to Virginia Tech's 7-for-9.

Dunlop led the Hokies with 15 points and Mims had 14 and 11 rebounds.

Virginia had a chance to win it in regulation after Hand intercepted a behind-the-back pass from Dunlop near the Hokies basket, but after dribbling off most of the clock, Hand tried to take Andre Ray one-on-one and was fouled with two seconds left. The Cavaliers weren't in the bonus, however, and when they inbounded it to Hand about 30 feet from the hoop, his last-second heave was well short.

Virginia appeared to have taken command with a 16-2 second-half run that ended with 11½ minutes to play and Virginia in front 53-41. But the Hokies scored 19 of the next 22 points and took a 60-56 lead with 3:05 remaining.

The Hokies didn't score again in regulation, and Roger Mason's running 12-footer with 2:29 left and Chris Williams' 6-footer at 1:13 forced overtime.


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