Long-Range Shooting Puts Cavs on Top against Loyola, Md.
December 30, 1998
BALTIMORE. (AP) – Chris Williams led a bevy of Virginia long-range bombers with five three-pointers and a game-high 26 points as the Cavaliers defeated Loyola, Md. 89-70, Wednesday at Reitz Arena.
Nearly half of Virginia’s 29 baskets were three-pointers, as the Cavaliershit 13 of 26 from beyond the arc, the fifth time this season the Cavaliers havemade at least 10, setting a new school record.
Williams, a 6-foot-6 freshman forward, made nine of 11 shots overall and hita career-high five of six three-pointers. He made all five of his second-halfshots, pacing a Virginia team that shot 67 percent (14-for-21) after the break.
Guard Chezley Watson finished with 20 points, and Adam Hall came off thebench to hit three three-pointers and score 16. Willie Dersch also made twothree-pointers to help score eight points.
Virginia averaged about seven three-point baskets in its first 12 games, butthe Cavaliers had little trouble getting open for the long shots. They took 17three-point shots in the first half alone, making seven en route to a 41-31halftime lead.
During one stretch, six of the seven baskets Virginia made were threepointers, including three from Williams as the Cavaliers slowly pulled away.
Loyola (5-4), meanwhile, struggled against the quicker Cavaliers and hadtrouble on offense. Guard Jason Rowe led the Greyhounds with 21 points and fiveassists.