Scott Colval's 19-foot jump shot at the buzzer gave William and Mary a 54-53 victory over Virginia before 8,600 tonight in William and Mary Hall.
Colval's third basket of the game thwarted a big comeback for the Cavaliers (4-2), who trailed, 52-41, with 5:32 to play. Virginia scored 12 straight points, eight by Tim Mullen, to take the lead with 28 seconds left. Mullen made a jump shot from the top of the key for his team's only advantage.
William and Mary (2-1) worked for a shot by Herb Harris with five seconds to play, but the attempt was short and deflected through three players' hands to Colval. He launched the game-winner from just inside the right sideline.
Virginia played without three freshmen -- starter John Johnson, fourth-leading scorer Darrick Simms and reserve Mel Kennedy. The three stayed in Charlottesville to attend a class.
Virginia Coach Terry Holland said the absence of the three was not responsible for a dreadful first half in which the Cavaliers made 20 percent of their shots (four of 20). Substitute Tony Traver came in to hit four long-range jumpers, helping William and Mary to a 22-13 halftime lead. The Indians' margin grew to 34-19 with 14:26 to play, as Kevin Richardson and Mark Boddy each scored five points.
At length, Virginia's pressure defense, which forced 11 second-half turnovers, began to tell on the Indians. The Cavaliers scored 11 straight points to close to 34-30 with 12:05 to play. Mullen had six points and Jim Miller five in the run.
The Cavaliers reversed their first-half shooting, hitting 16 of 24 attempts in the final 20 minutes. Miller had 21 second-half points, making good on eight of 10 shots from the floor and five of five free throws. Mullen made all eight of his field goal attempts in the second half.
Miller finished with 27 points for Virginia. Mullen had 18. Harris led William and Mary with 11.