Role Players Come Up Big Against BC

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Shortly after his team’s 72-56 loss to Virginia on Tuesday, Boston College coach Al Skinner said that the Cavaliers’ role players made the difference in the outcome. Who could argue? While J.R. Reynolds and Sean Singletary combined for 44 points, the supporting cast came through with strong performances to push UVa past the Eagles. All told, the quartet of Adrian Joseph , Mamadi Diane , Laurynas Mikalauskas , and Tunji Soroye had their best combined effort of the ACC season.

“Today was a day where Sean and especially J.R. were terrific. They made tough shots, they made open shots, and more importantly they made plays,” Virginia coach Dave Leitao said. “It allowed Adrian to get some looks. I thought Mo had as good a game as he’s had in at least a month, not just by scoring, but just his energy.”

“At home, they’ve done that. That’s the difference in this [Virginia] team. Those individuals have played well at home and on the road, they may not have played as well,” Skinner said. “We didn’t do as good a job as we needed. … You don’t want to take anything away from those two guys [Singletary and Reynolds], but they’ve been pretty consistent and they’ve been working their tails off all year long. It’s the role guys that are going to make the difference in wins and losses and tonight, at home, they played extremely well.”

Virginia’s Adrian Joseph finished with 9 points against Boston College on Tuesday.

The Cavalier foursome contributed 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting (58.8 percent), 17 rebounds, 4 blocked shots, and 2 steals. More importantly, each was instrumental in what Skinner cited as the key in the result: team defense. Joseph, along with others, locked down BC’s Jared Dudley, who had just