Zeglinski’s Hot Hand Helps UVa Prevail

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Sammy Zeglinski scored a season-high 21 points in Virginia’s upset of Boston College Thursday afternoon.

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Heading into the Virginia men’s basketball team’s opening-round ACC Tournament game against Boston College, the question was how the Hoos would get by without leading scorer Sylven Landesberg , who was indefinitely suspended for academic reasons prior to the season finale against Maryland. If you had asked the attending media the answer to that question, the consensus would have been, they won’t get by. After all, how do you replace a routine 20-point scorer?

Sammy Zeglinski provided the answer: a 21-point scorer.

Without Zeglinski, Virginia almost certainly would be headed home Thursday night as most ACC followers predicted. Instead, Zeglinksi’s season-high 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting – including 16 by halftime on 6-of-9 shooting – provided a necessary offensive lift to the Cavaliers, who have so often been point-starved lately even with Landesberg in the line-up.

Thursday’s game marked the second career 20-point game for the Zeglinski; he scored 24 in a loss to Liberty on Nov. 24, 2008.

“With Sammy and with all of our guys, if they get a good look in the rhythm of the offense, we say, ‘It’s a green-light shot, take it,'” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “Sammy was real complete today. When they’re good looks, you have to take them when they present themselves.”

Just eight days ago, Zeglinski was in the worst slump of his young career – and the worst of any Cavalier this season, which is saying something for a team that ranks 10th in the conference in shooting percentage. Zeglinski had made 17 of his previous 77 field goal attempts (22.7 percent) and 7 of 44 threes (15.9 percent) heading into the Hoos’ regular season finale against Maryland, a run that started after Virginia’s last regular season win against North Carolina on Jan. 31.