UVa. bests Green Bay

Senior forward Mike Scott scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds, and sophomore guard KT Harrell added 14 points to lead Virginia to a 68-42 victory over Green Bay Friday night (Nov. 25) at John Paul Jones Arena.

The victory was the third in a row for the Cavaliers who are now 5-1 on the season. The loss dropped Green Bay’s record to 2-4.

Freshman guard Keifer Sykes led Green Bay with 11 points and was the only player to score in double figures for the Phoenix.

Scott’s double-double was his second of the season and the 26th of his career. He is tied for fourth on Virginia’s career list for double-doubles.

After senior guard Steve Baker hit a three-pointer for Green Bay for the first basket of the game, the Cavaliers scored 14 consecutive points to lead 14-3 with 13:51 left in the first half. Scott had five points for Virginia in that run.

UVa led by as many as 20 points in the first half, the last time with 8:12 remaining before halftime. Green Bay rallied to cut the deficit to 33-23 at halftime.

The Cavaliers scored the first 10 points of the second half and Green Bay never got closer than 16 points the rest of the way. Senior center Assane Sene had six points in that Virginia run and Scott scored four points.

UVa led by as many as 28 points in the second half.

Virginia has held each of its six opponents this season to less than 60 points and has held four of them under 50 points. UVa has held an opponent under 50 points 11 times with Tony Bennett as head coach.

The Cavaliers shot 51.1 percent (23-45) from the field for the game, including 25.0 percent (2-8) from three-point range, and 69.0 percent (20-29) from the free-throw line. It’s the second consecutive game Virginia has shot above 50 percent from the field.

Green Bay shot 30.0 percent (15-50) from the field, including 18.2 percent (2-11) from three-point range, and 83.3 percent (10-12) from the free-throw line.

Virginia out-rebounded Green Bay 37-26.

The Cavaliers return to action on Tuesday (Nov. 29) when they host Michigan in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at John Paul Jones Arena. That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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