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Nov. 4, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Junior guard Donald Hand and sophomore guard AdamHall combined for 31 points on 11 of 17 shooting from the field to lead theUniversity of Virginia men’s basketball team to a 97-67 exhibition win overthe Down Under Bandits before a crowd 2,319 on Thursday evening atUniversity Hall.

Hand led the Cavaliers with 16 points on six of 11 shooting from the field,while Hall scored 12 of his 15 points in the decisive first half. On thenight, Hall made five of six attempts from the floor and grabbed eightrebounds, including five offensive. Sophomore forward Chris Williams andjunior guard Keith Friel both added 11 points to round out the Cavaliers’double figure scorers. Junior Colin Ducharme led all players with 14rebounds and five blocked shots.

The Down Under Bandits where led by forward Ryan Stolberg’s 22 points,while forward Scott Mitchell added 18 points and eight rebounds.

The Down Under Bandits took an early 8-3 lead on a Stolberg jumper with16:18 left in the first half. With the Bandits leading 20-15 on a Mitchelljumper with 9:38 left, the Cavaliers went on a 34-6 run to end the firsthalf and take the lead for good. Hand ignited the run with a three-pointerwith 9:25 left to bring UVa within 20-18. A Williams steal led to a WillieDersch layup that tied the game at 20-20 with 9:03 remaining in the openinghalf. A Hand layup off another Williams steal gave Virginia the lead forgood, 22-20, at the 8:50 mark. UVa went on to take a 49-26 advantage athalftime.

Virginia shot 47.9 percent from the floor in the contest, connecting on 35of 73 attempts. The Cavaliers forced 23 turnovers, including 17 in thefirst half, and held the Down Under Bandits to 33.3 percent shooting in thegame (21-63).

Virginia concludes the exhibition season by hosting the Nantucket NectarsNaturals on Wednesday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. at University Hall.

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