We have all heard the saying that the game was closer than the final score indicated, but the saying really does apply to Saturday’s game between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
With 11:25 left in the second half, the score was tied 43-43. With 2:32 left in the second half, Irish guard Demetrius Jackson made a layup to end a 25-point run by the Cavaliers and make it a 68-45 game. The final score was 70-49.
After the game, both coaches talked about the huge swing in momentum.
Virginia coach Tony Bennett
“It feels like we’ve had a few of those over the last three games. It’s interesting that three games ago Justin got a block and Joe hit a three against Maryland, then this game Justin gets a block and Anthony gets a nice breakaway dunk. Against Virginia Tech, Justin dove on a loose ball and got the momentum going. Each game there has been something that started the momentum. It was a good way to finish, because Notre Dame is hard to guard.”
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey
“That is an example of how fragile a game can be. For thirty minutes, I really liked what we were doing. Virginia is really good, they are really, really good. I think they are the best team in the league and they put it on us twice. Their big guys hurt us tonight. Their two big guys were fabulous. The whole team is so explosive.”