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Cavaliers slumping at the wrong time, drop third straight

Defensive lapses in the paint for UVA in their 68-61 loss to North Carolina State.
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Virginia coach Tony Bennett reacts to a play during the team's NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Charlottesville, Va. (Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress via AP, Pool)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. β€” DJ Funderburk scored nine of his 14 points in the second half and North Carolina State held off No. 15 Virginia 68-61 to win its fourth straight Atlantic Coast Conference road game.

 Cam Hayes had 16 points and Shakeel Moore 12 for 11-9 NC State. The program last won four in a row on the road in the last two games of 1980-81 season and the first two the following season. 

Sam Hauser led Virginia with 21 points and Jay Huff had 19 points and 11 rebounds, but the 15-6 Cavaliers lost their third in a row for the first time since the 2016-17 season.