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Cavs host UNC in ACC men's basketball opener

Cavs host UNC in ACC men's basketball opener

Playing an 18-game conference schedule for the first time in school history, Virginia men's basketball team will host North Carolina on Jan. 6 in its ACC opener, the school announced on Wednesday.

The Cavaliers will play home-and-home against Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia Tech. They will only host Duke and NC State while only meeting Miami and Wake Forest on the road.

2012-13 Virginia Mens Basketball ACC Schedule

Sun. Jan. 6 NORTH CAROLINA 8:00 pm

Wed. Jan. 9 at Wake Forest 9:00 pm

Sat. Jan. 12 at Clemson 12:00 pm

Sat. Jan. 19 FLORIDA STATE 4:00 pm

Thur. Jan. 24 at Virginia Tech 8:00 pm

Sat. Jan. 26 BOSTON COLLEGE 1:00 pm

Tue. Jan. 29 NC STATE 7:00 pm

Sun. Feb. 2 at Georgia Tech 3:00 pm

Thur. Feb. 7 CLEMSON 7:00 pm

Sun. Feb. 10 at Maryland 1:00 pm

Tue. Feb. 12 VIRGINIA TECH 7:00 pm

Sat. Feb. 16 at North Carolina 12:00 pm

Tue. Feb. 19 at Miami 9:00 pm

Sun. Feb. 24 GEORGIA TECH 2:00 pm

Thur. Feb. 28 DUKE 9:00 pm

Sun. Mar. 3 at Boston College 4:00 pm

Thur. Mar. 7 at Florida State 9:00 pm

Sun. Mar. 10 MARYLAND 6:00 pm

Georgetown lets rivalry contest against Syracuse slip away in second half

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Georgetown lets rivalry contest against Syracuse slip away in second half

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Tyus Battle scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, including the game winner with three seconds to go, and Syracuse overcame a 15-point deficit to defeat its longtime rival Georgetown 72-71 on Saturday.

Battle and the Orange were woeful in the first half. Battle was just 1 of 8 and the Orange were just 7-of-27 shooting, but Battle and Syracuse (7-2) came out with a vengeance in the final 20 minutes to overtake the Hoyas (7-2) and capture their fifth-straight victory.

Elijah Hughes had 15 points and Oshae Brissett added 12 for the Orange.

Jessie Govan led the Hoyas with 22 points. Mac McClung had 18 and Greg Malinowski chipped in with 11.

A 3 by Govan gave the Hoyas a 71-70 lead with just over a minute remaining. Marek Dolezaj drew a charge on Georgetown's Jagan Mosely with 10 seconds to go, giving Battle the opportunity.

Georgetown took its largest lead of the game, 37-22, on a jumper by Trey Mourning when Syracuse stormed back on a 14-2 run. Battle scored 10 during the surge to bring the Orange to within three at 39-36. The Orange closed to 47-48 on a short jumper by Battle with 11:51 left.

The Orange took its first lead since a 5-3 margin, 50-48, on a 3 by Hughes and extended it to a six-point advantage on a floater by Brissett. Two consecutive 3s by Hughes kept the margin at six with under seven minutes to go. Malinowski's third straight 3 brought the Hoyas to 60-59, and a free throw by Josh LeBlanc tied the score at 60. A 3 by Jahvon Blair and two free throws by Malinowski gave the Hoyas a 65-62 cushion with 4:50 remaining.

After a free throw by LeBlanc gave the Hoyas a 66-64 lead, Jalen Carey hit a desperation 3 with 2:35 left to give Syracuse a 67-66 lead. Govan's jumper made it 68-67 Hoyas, but a 3 by Battle gave Syracuse a 70-68 edge with 1:28 to go.

McClung scored 13 points and Govan added nine, leading the Hoyas to a 35-22 halftime lead. Syracuse took an early 5-3 lead when the Hoyas went on an 8-0 run to take control. Syracuse, which went more than six minutes without scoring, got no closer than five points the rest of the half.

The Orange's output represented the second-fewest points scored by Syracuse in a half in the Carrier Dome's 38-year history. Syracuse started the game shooting just 4 of 22 and ended the half 7 of 28 and a meager 1-of-14 shooting from 3. Battle, Brissett and Hughes, Syracuse's leading scorers, were a combined 3 of 18 for 14 points.

The Hoyas also dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Orange 28-19.

BIG PICTURE:

Georgetown: This one will sting for a long time. The Hoyas seemed firmly in control but let this one slip away. They'll have one week to get shrug it off.

Syracuse: The Orange will need to play with the intensity they displayed in the second half. Jalen Carey gave Syracuse a much-needed spark off the bench subbing for the foul-plagued Frank Howard.

UP NEXT:

Georgetown hosts Southern Methodist on Saturday.

Syracuse's string of seven straight home games continues Saturday against Old Dominion.

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VCU at Virginia Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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VCU at Virginia Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Coming off a big upset of former coach Shaka Smart and Texas, 7-2 VCU will look to keep their hot start to the season going against one of the nation's top teams, no. 4 Virginia.

The Rams head down to Charlottesville, Va. to take on the undefeated Cavaliers, who will be looking to compete for the ACC title again this season, at John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday, Dec. 9. 

Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

VCU at Virginia How to Watch

What: VCU Rams at Virginia Cavaliers

Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va. 

When: 1:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Radio: WRC (570 AM) 

Stream: NBC Sports App

VCU at Virginia Preview

Conference: Atlantic-10 (VCU), ACC (Virginia)

Record: 7-2 (VCU), 8-0 (Virginia)

Last Game: 54-53 Win at Vermont, 12/5 (VCU), 83-45 Win vs. Morgan State, 12/3 (Virginia)

Leading Scorers: Marcus Evans, 14.3ppg (VCU), De'Andre Hunter, 16.4ppg (Virginia)