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Jan. 7, 1998

Virginia Goes Down in Flames

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Jay Boykin hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:57 left and Larry Jackson added an acrobatic jumper with 27 seconds to play Wednesday night as Liberty stunned Virginia 69-64.

It was the Cavaliers' first home loss to an instate team in 43 games, a streak started after a 65-61 loss to Old Dominion on Dec. 2, 1978.

Boykin's 3-pointer gave the Flames (4-8) a 64-62 lead and, after Erik Sorensen intercepted a bad pass by Virginia's Willie Dersch, Boykin added two free throws with 1:10 to play.

Norman Nolan's two free throws with 57 seconds left made it a two-point game, but Jackson capped a 23-point effort when he dribbled off most of the 35-second shot clock, then made a turnaround jumper over Curtis Staples.

Nolan scored 30 points for Virginia (7-6), his third career 30-point game and second in a row, but Staples endured perhaps the worst game of his career, going 0-for-8 from the field and making only two technical free throws.

The Flames appeared to be in trouble when Nolan and Dersch led an 11-0 run that gave the Cavaliers a 51-44 lead with 10:50 left.

But Liberty scored the next nine points to even things again at 51-all, then scrapped and clawed to the finish.

Mark Reed added 14 points for Liberty, while Sorensen had 12 and Boykin 11.

Beside Nolan, who had 20 points in the second half, the lone bright spot for Virginia was sophomore Kris Hunter, who had six points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two assists, all career highs.


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