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Jan. 3, 2000

Virginia (9-3) vs. Duke (9-2)
January 5, 2000 * 9:00 p.m.
University Hall
Charlottesville, Va.

Virginia is currently 9-3 on the season and has won its last five games.The Cavaliers defeated Loyola 98-67 (Dec. 8), Hampton 102-56 (Dec. 10),Richmond 69-65 (Dec. 21), Belmont 94-74 (Dec. 28) and Dartmouth 89-50 (Jan.2) in their last five outings. Duke, ranked seventh in the AP Poll andeighth in the USA Today/ESPN Poll, is 9-2 and has won nine consecutivegames. The Blue Devils are coming off a 96-55 win over William & Mary onJanuary 2.

Television: Tonight’s game against Duke is scheduled to be televised byESPN. Dan Shulman calls the play by play. Dan Bonner provides theanalysis.

Radio: All UVa games are heard on the Virginia Sports Network originatingat WINA/WQMZ in Charlottesville. Mac McDonald calls the play by play. JimHobgood provides the analysis.

The Series vs. Duke

Duke leads the all-time series with the Cavaliers 94-45. The Blue Devilshave dominated the series in the last 16 years, winning 30 of the last 38meetings since Ralph Sampson’s graduation from Virginia in 1983.

The Blue Devils have won nine consecutive games in the seriesdating back to 1996, including a three-game sweep in the 1998-99 season.Duke won the three contests by an average margin of 43 points. The BlueDevils gained a 115-69 win in Durham (Jan. 10) and handed the Cavalierstheir worst home loss ever with a 100-54 win in Charlottesville (Feb. 11).In the first round of the ACC Tournament in Charlotte, N.C., the BlueDevils won 104-67 (Mar. 4). Virginia’s last win over Duke was a 77-66triumph in Charlottesville on January 13, 1996. That was the last of fourconsecutive wins for the Cavaliers.

Not only has Duke won the last nine games vs. Virginia, but theBlue Devils have done so in convincing fashion, winning by an average of25.8 points per game. Duke has won by more than 40 points in three of thelast six meetings. Only two of the games have been decided by fewer than10 points. The Blue Devils eked out a 62-61 win in Charlottesville onFebruary 11, 1997 and a seven-point victory, 72-65, in Charlottesville onJanuary 24, 1998.Virginia is 30-31 all-time against Duke on the Cavaliers’ various homefloors throughout the years, including a 17-17 mark at University Hall.

Virginia vs. Ranked Duke Teams

Tonight’s contest is the eighth consecutive game in which the BlueDevils have been ranked in the top 10 when playing the Cavaliers, datingback to the 1996-97 season. UVa has dropped the seven previous decisions.Duke is currently ranked seventh in The Associated Press Poll and eighthin the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.

In the past two seasons, Virginia has played Duke when they wereranked as the nation’s top team five times. In 1997-98 Duke was ranked #1at the time of all three meeting. (Virginia became the first team in NCAAhistory to play the nation’s #1 team five times in one season when, inaddition to three games vs. Duke, UVa also played North Carolina twice whenit was atop the polls). Last year, the Blue Devils were ranked #1 whenthey defeated UVa 100-54 in Charlottesville (Feb. 11) and 104-67 in the ACCTournament (Mar. 4).

Overall, Virginia hasn’t fared well against a nationally-rankedDuke squad. The Cavaliers are 12-47 against a ranked Duke team.

Last Win Against a Ranked Team

UVa faced 10 ranked opponents last year with its only win comingagainst 25th-ranked Clemson, 65-58 in Charlottesville (Jan 17).Virginia in ACC Openers

Virginia is 19-27 all-time in ACC season openers. The Cavaliersare 13-13 in home ACC openers and 6-14 on the road.

Tonight’s game is the 21st time in 47 years that UVa has opened theACC season against Duke. (Maryland is Virginia’s next most common ACCopening opponent with eight meetings). The Cavaliers are 8-12 against theBlue Devils in those games. Virginia is 5-5 in home openers against theBlue Devils and 3-7 at Duke.

UVa opened the ACC season 12 consecutive times against Duke from1981 through 1992, winning four of the 12 meetings.

Virginia is 5-2 vs. Wake Forest, 3-2 vs. Florida State, 1-0 vs.Georgia Tech and South Carolina, 8-12 vs. Duke, 1-7 vs. Maryland, 0-2 vs.North Carolina and 0-1 vs. Clemson and NC State all-time in ACC openers.

End of the Road and Welcome Home

Virginia’s game against Belmont on December 28 (a 94-74 UVa win)marked the Cavaliers’ first home game since playing Loyola (Dec. 8) and wasonly their second home contest in 37 days. After defeating VMI 98-57 onNovember 21, UVa went 17 days before playing Loyola in its next home game.

The home game with Belmont ended a stretch that included seven ofeight games away from the friendly confines of University Hall. Duringthat eight-game stretch, Virginia compiled a 4-3 record on the road and wonits only home game.

The Belmont game marked the first of four consecutive Cavaliercontests in a 12-day stretch at U-Hall.

Thus far, the Cavaliershave taken advantage of their homestand, winning 94-74 over Belmont (Dec.28) and 89-50 over Dartmouth (Jan. 2). After tonight’s game against Duke,UVa closes out the homestand against Georgia Tech (Jan. 8).

Looking For Six Wins in a Row

The Virginia men’s basketball team has won its last five games andthe Cavaliers will be looking for theirsixth consecutive victory when they host Duke on January 5 in their ACCopener. UVa hasn’t won as many as six consecutive games since the middleof the 1994-95 season when it won seven straight games. Virginia’sseven-game winning streak consisted of victories over:

Florida State 76-63 (OT) 2/4/95 University Hall
N.C. State 65-55 2/8/95 University Hall
Clemson 62-44 2/11/95 Clemson
UNLV 75-65 2/12/95 University Hall
Duke 64-58 2/15/95 University Hall
North Carolina 73-71 2/19/95 University Hall
Georgia Tech 83-60 2/22/95 Atlanta

Nine Wins after 12 Games

With nine wins in 12 games in 1999-2000, the Cavaliers are off totheir best start in three seasons. The last time Virginia was 9-3 to begina season was in the 1996-97 campaign. The last time UVa began a seasonwith a 10-3 record was in the 1994-95 season.Five Consecutive Home Wins

Virginia has opened its home schedule with five consecutive wins,its longest home winning streak to start a season since the 1992-93 seasonwhen the Cavaliers won eight straight home games.

The Cavaliers’ longest home winning streak in recent years came inthe 1996-97 season when they won 10 consecutive games. That season, UValost its home opener to Clemson 62-52 (Dec. 7).

Changes in Virginia’s Starting Lineup

Virginia head coach Pete Gillen has used seven different startinglineups and has had a total of 10 different players start in the first 12games of the Cavaliers’ 1999-2000 season. Virginia is 5-2 in games thisseason with new starting lineups. Only one player, sophomore Adam Hall, hasstarted all 12 games.

The Cavaliers opened the season with junior Stephane Dondon andsophomore Chris Williams at forward, and junior Colin Ducharme at center.Junior Donald Hand and Hall started in the backcourt. In the second game, a98-57 triumph over VMI, Gillen started freshman Travis Watson at centerinstead of Ducharme. With the same starting lineup in the third game ofthe season against South Carolina, the Cavaliers suffered a 73-71 setback.

Gillen changed his starting lineup against Providence and itresulted in an 80-64 victory. Hall, Williams and Watson remained in thestarting lineup, but junior guard Keith Friel and freshman guard MajesticMapp started in place of Hand and Dondon. The Cavaliers used their fourthdifferent starting combination against Arizona State (Hall, Williams,Watson, Mapp and Hand) and came away with a 70-64 victory.

In a 74-62 loss at Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge onNovember 30, Virginia started senior Willie Dersch, Ducharme, Hall, Handand Watson. UVa started its sixth different lineup against St. John’s (Dec.4) when freshman Roger Mason, Hall, Hand, Watson and Williams were in thestarting lineup.

Gillen used his seventh different starting lineup in a 98-67 winover Loyola (Dec. 8). Dersch and Williams started at forward with Watson atcenter. At the two guard positions, Hand and Hall received the startingnod. That lineup has started Virginia’s last five games.

Warming Up From Long Range

In its last five games, Virginia has heated up from three-pointrange, as it has made 44 three-point field goals in 111 attempts for 39.6percent. The percentage of three-pointers made has improved dramaticallywhen you consider what the Cavaliers were shooting beyond the arc in thefirst seven games (26.6 percent, 33-124). In the first seven games, UVamade 4.7 threes per game, compared to 8.8 per outing in the last fivecontests.

Overall, UVa is shooting 32.8 percent (77-235) from three-pointrange. Virginia made a season-high 11 three-point field goals againstLoyola (Dec. 8) and Belmont (Dec. 28) with seven different playersaccounting for the threes against Loyola. The 11 three-pointers are the11th highest total in school history. (The Cavaliers made 11 three-pointersin a game eight other times prior to this season.)

Shooting Well

The Cavaliers are shooting an impressive 49.0 percent (355-724)from the field in the 1999-2000 season. If you subtract UVa’s three-pointfield goal shooting (32.8 percent, 77-235), the Cavaliers are hitting anoutstanding 56.9 percent (278-489) from the floor. As of January 3, theCavaliers are second in the ACC in field goal percentage, trailing onlyNorth Carolina (51.0 percent).

Virginia has shot 50 percent or better from the field in five of 12games this season, including four of the last five contests. UVa has shot45 percent or better in all but two games – Minnesota (36.4 percent ,24-66) and Richmond (42.6 percent, 23-54).

Forcing Turnovers

The Cavaliers have forced their opponents into 20 or more turnoversin four of the last five games, and in nine of 12 games this season.Dartmouth (13), Minnesota (11) and St. John’s (9) are the only teams thatturned the ball over less than 20 times against Virginia this season.UVa’s opponents are averaging 20.8 turnovers per game (250 in 12 games) in1999-2000.

School Record Pace for Steals

The Cavaliers are averaging 9.9 steals per game in the 1999-2000season and at that pace, UVa would set a school record for steals. Lastyear, Virginia posted an all-time best 257 steals for an average of 8.6 pergame. At their current rate, the Cavaliers would conclude this season witha school record 297 steals.

On four different occasions this season, Virginia has registered 15steals in a game, which ties for 11th place on UVa’s single game stealslist.

Cavaliers Set Season Highs Against Dartmouth

Virginia set season highs in three categories in its 89-50 win overDartmouth (Jan. 2). The Cavaliers shot an impressive 60.3 percent (35-58)from the field. The percentage is the highest since UVa shot 60.5 percent(23-38) against Wake Forest on February 24, 1996. Virginia’s previousseason high in 1999-2000 was 54.3 percent (38-70) vs. Hampton (Dec. 10).

The Cavaliers connected on 10 of 20 three-point attempts for aneven 50 percent against the Big Green to establish another season high.UVa shot 44.4 percent (4-9) from three-point range against Providence (Nov.26) in its previous season best.

UVa blocked nine shots against Dartmouth for another season high.The former season best was eight blocks against VMI (Nov. 21). The nineblocked shots ties for the 14th best single game total in school history.

Leading Rebounder

Freshman forward/center Travis Watson came to Virginia with thereputation as a great rebounder and has lived up to that billing so far in1999-2000. Watson has led the team in rebounding in ten of 12 games thisseason, including the last seven. He is averaging a team-best 8.9 reboundsper game and has been in double figures in rebounds three times.

In addition to leading the team in rebounding, Watson is also topson the club in blocked shots with 17, which includes a career-high fiveblocks against Dartmouth (Jan. 2). He is third on the team in scoring at11.5 points per game and second in steals with 17. Watson is shooting avery respectable 57.4 percent (54-94) from the field. He has led the teamin scoring twice, and has three double-doubles in points and rebounds.

Williams Named ACC Player of the Week

Sophomore forward Chris Williams is the ACC Player of the Week forhis performance in Virginia’s victories over Belmont and Dartmouth.Williams scored 44 points, grabbed nine rebounds and shot 70.4 percent(19-27) from the field in the two games.

Williams has broken out of an early season scoring slump byaveraging 17.0 points per game over the last six games. During thesix-game stretch, Williams is shooting 66.1 percent (39-59) from the floor,despite a two for 10 effort from three-point range. He has made 22 of 30free throws (73.3 percent) in the last six games. Williams, the 1998-99ACC Rookie of the Year, is also averaging 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and1.8 steals a game during the recent stretch.

On the season, Williams is averaging a team-high 14.3 points pergame (12th in the ACC) and is shooting 59.5 percent from the floor (2nd inthe ACC). He also leads the team in steals (22) and is second inrebounding (5.2 rpg.).

As a freshman in 1998-99, Williams averaged 16.8 points and 7.5rebounds per game.

Hand”ing” Out Assists

Junior guard Donald Hand has moved into 10th place on Virginia’sall-time assist list with 283 in his career. Billy Langloh (1974-77) isninth with 286. John Crotty (1988-91) holds the all-time UVa assist recordwith 683.

Hand leads the Cavaliers in assists this season with 61 (5.1 apg.),including 39 in his last five games.

In addition to leading the team in assists, Hand is also second onthe squad in scoring at 13.9 points per game, which ranks him 13th in theACC in scoring. He leads the team with 20 three-point field goals and isshooting 71.7 percent (43-60) from the free throw line. He has onedouble-double in points and assists to his credit.

Last season, Hand led the Cavaliers in scoring at 17.1 points pergame and also averaged 4.1 assists per game.

Friel Finds the Range

In the last two games, junior guard Keith Friel has drilled eightof his 13 three-point field goal attempts for an impressive mark of 61.5percent. He made four of eight attempts against Belmont (Dec. 28) and fourof five tries against Dartmouth (Jan. 2). Prior to the last two games,Friel had connected on 11 of 32 three-point attempts (34.4 percent).

On the season, Friel is 19 for 45 (42.2 percent) from beyond thethree-point arc. Nineteen of his 22 field goals are three-pointers.

In two seasons at Notre Dame, Friel shot 39.7 percent (60-151) fromthree-point range, including 46.4 percent (45-97) his last season (1997-98).

Hall Breaks Out of Scoring Slump

After four consecutive games without scoring in double figures,sophomore guard Adam Hall broke out of his scoring slump with threeconsecutive double figure outings. His streak of double-digit performanceswas snapped when he scored seven points in a 94-74 win over Belmont (Dec.28). He tallied five points against Dartmouth (Jan. 2). In a 98-67 winover Loyola (Dec. 8), Hall scored all of his team-high 18 points in thefirst half. Against Hampton (Dec. 10), Hall tallied 15 points in a 102-56UVa win. He scored a game-high 23 points in Virginia’s 69-65 win atRichmond on December 21. The 23 point total is his highest of the season.

In the last five games, Hall has shot an impressive 62.8 percentfrom the field as he has made 27 of 43 attempts. He has also made nine ofhis last 18 three-point attempts after starting the season one for 11 (9.1percent).

On the season, Hall is shooting 55.3 percent (47-85) from thefield, but is struggling at the free throw line having made 18 of 40attempts (45.0 percent).

Mason’s First Three-Pointer a Big One

Freshman guard Roger Mason’s first three-point field goal forVirginia couldn’t have come at a better time. Mason’s first three-pointfield goal of his collegiate career came with 3:21 remaining to play in theCavaliers’ game at the University of Richmond on December 21 and broke a59-59 tie. The three-pointer gave UVa a lead it would not surrender in thegame’s closing moments as Virginia defeated the Spiders 69-65. It was theonly three-point attempt of the game for Mason, who missed his first 10three-point attempts this season.

Lone Senior Stepping Up

Virginia’s lone senior, guard/forward Willie Dersch, has made themost of his return to the starting lineup. Dersch has started the lastfive games (UVA is 5-0) and has responded by scoring in double figures fourtimes. He is averaging 9.4 points per game in the last five games. Duringthat span he is shooting 60 percent (15-25) from the floor, including 55.6percent (5-9) from three-point range. He has also made all 12 free throwsin the last five games and is averaging 2.2 assists per game during thatstretch.

On the year, Dersch is averaging 6.4 points per outing and isshooting 53.1 percent (26-49) from the floor. He is averaging 2.4 reboundsand possesses a 2.4 to 1 assist to turnover ratio.

Double-Double for Hand

Junior guard Donald Hand registered his first double-double of theseason and the third of his career against Hampton (Dec. 10) with 15 pointsand 11 assists. Hand’s 11 assists established a new career high. Hisformer career high was nine assists against Duke (Jan. 24, 1998). It isHand’s first double-double in points and assists. His first twodouble-doubles came last season against Wake Forest (Feb. 3) – 25 points,11 rebounds, and Georgia Tech (Feb. 25) – 28 points, 13 rebounds.Hare Sets Career High

Junior guard Josh Hare scored a career-high 10 points in theCavaliers’ 102-56 win over Hampton (Dec. 10). He made four of eightattempts from the floor (1-4 on three-pointers) and one of two free throws.The field goals attempted and made are career bests as well. He also addedfour rebounds.

Freshmen Making Significant Contribution

Three freshmen are playing significant minutes for Virginia in theearly part of the 1999-2000 season. Forward/center Travis Watson, andguards Majestic Mapp and Roger Mason have each seen action in all 12 ofVirginia’s games.

Watson has started 11 games for the Cavaliers and is the team’sleading rebounder (8.9 rpg.) and third leading scorer (11.5 ppg.). He alsoleads the team in blocked shots (17), and is second in field goalpercentage at 57.4 percent (54-94, players with at least 15 field goalsattempted) and steals (17). Watson is averaging 25.8 minutes of playingtime a game.

Mapp is averaging 5.2 points and 0.8 rebound a game while playing17.6 minutes per contest. He has started two games and is shooting 40.0percent (10-25) from three-point range. Mapp has 29 assists and 25turnovers, and also has 10 steals.

Mason is averaging 6.0 points and 2.5 rebounds a game. He isaveraging 17.2 minutes of playing time a game and has 13 steals and 12assists.

Head Coach Pete Gillen

Pete Gillen is in his 15th season as a collegiate head coach andsports a 297-147 record for a .669 winning percentage. Gillen is in hissecond year as head coach at Virginia. His two Virginia teams havecompiled an overall record of 23-19. Gillen has led his teams topostseason play 11 times (eight NCAA, three NIT). He has been selected asthe conference Coach of the Year five times – all while coaching Xavier(Midwestern Collegiate Conference).

He successfully began his coaching career at Virginia with an 86-70win over Virginia Commonwealth on November 13, 1998.

Ten Different Double Figure Scorers

In the first 12 games of the 1999-2000 season, the Cavaliers havehad 10 different players score in double figures in a game. Virginia hadonly seven players reach double figures in scoring last season. Juniorguard Josh Hare became the 10th Cavalier to score in double figures in the1999-2000 season when he tallied 10 points against Hampton (Dec. 10). Theother double figure scorers this season are: (only first double digitperformance is listed) sophomore guard Adam Hall (12 vs. VMI), junior guardDonald Hand (18 vs. Elon), freshman guard Majestic Mapp (10 vs. Elon),freshman guard Roger Mason (10 vs. Elon), freshman forward/center TravisWatson (15 vs. Elon), sophomore forward Chris Williams (16 vs. Elon),junior guard Keith Friel (14 vs. South Carolina), junior center ColinDucharme (10 vs. South Carolina), and senior forward Willie Dersch (10 vs.Arizona State).

Not so “Free” Throws

After leading the ACC in free throw percentage (.734) for the firsttime since 1979 last season, the Cavaliers have struggled from the freethrow line in the early portion of the 1999-2000 campaign.

Through the first 12 games of the season, UVa has shot 65.0 percent(206-317) from the free throw line. The Cavaliers have shot over 65percent from the charity stripe only five times this season, but haveeclipsed that mark in four of the last seven contests.

Virginia’s best performance from the free throw line was a perfecteight for eight outing against Minnesota on November 30. The effort tiedfor the sixth best performance in school history. UVa made all eightattempts from the line vs. Wake Forest (1/26/85) and Houston (12/10/89).Prior to the Minnesota game, the last time the Cavaliers were perfect fromthe free throw line was a six for six effort against Georgia Tech onFebruary 22, 1990.

Spreading the Minutes Around

True to his word, head coach Pete Gillen is going deep into hisbench in 1999-2000. After the first 12 games of the season, Virginia hasnine players averaging double figures in minutes. No player is averaging30 minutes of playing time per game.

Only four players, sophomore forward Chris Williams (28.9), juniorguard Donald Hand (28.2), freshman forward/center Travis Watson (25.8) andsophomore guard Adam Hall (23.8), are averaging more than 20 minutes percontest. The other players averaging double figure minutes are: freshmanguard Majestic Mapp (17.6), freshman guard Roger Mason (17.2), seniorforward Willie Dersch (16.7), junior guard Keith Friel (12.2), and juniorforward Stephane Dondon (10.6). Junior center Colin Ducharme is averaging8.5 minutes per game.

Ducharme Seventh on Blocked Shot List

Junior center Colin Ducharme is currently in seventh place onVirginia’s all-time blocked shot list with 83. He just passed Ted Jeffries(1990-93), who blocked 82 shots. Ducharme needs four blocks to move pastOlden Polynice (1984-86) into six place. Polynice had 86 career blocks.

Ducharme is tied with current teammate Chris Williams for theninth-best single season block total with 41. Ducharme notched his 41blocks while leading the team in that category in 1996-97. Williams’ 41blocks came last year. In addition to leading the team in blocks in1996-97, Ducharme also held that honor in 1997-98 with 34.

Three Opponents Shoot 50 Percent

Earlier this season, Virginia had three consecutive opponents shoot50 percent or better. Arizona State shot exactly 50 percent (28-56) onNovember 27, Minnesota connected on 55.1 percent (27-49) from the floor onNovember 30, and St. John’s converted a UVa opponent-best 55.4 percent(31-56) from the field on December 4.

Last year, Virginia did not have opponents shoot 50 percent orbetter in three-straight contests, however, on two occasions the oppositionshot better than 50 percent in back-to back games.

Duke (1/10) shot 60.5 percent (46-76) followed by a 58.0 percent(29-50) outing by N.C. State (1/14) for the first back-to-back 50 percentshooting performance. In the second instance, Maryland (2/6) shot 54.2percent (32-59) followed by a 58.7 percent (37-63) effort by Duke (2/11).

UVa Downs Big Green

Virginia won its fifth consecutive game by defeating Dartmouth89-50 at University Hall on January 2. Sophomore forward Chris Williamsled four Cavaliers in double figure scoring with a season-high 24 points.

Williams connected on 11 of 15 attempts from the floor and two offour free throws in the contest. He also added five rebounds, four assistsand two steals in 32 minutes of action. Junior guard Keith Friel tallied aseason-high 14 points on five of six shooting from the field, including afour of five effort from three-point range. Senior Willie Dersch andjunior Donald Hand rounded out UVa’s double figure scorers with 12 and 11points, respectively.

Virginia shot season-highs with 60.3 percent (35-68) from the fieldand 50 percent (10-20) from beyond the three-point arc. UVa also set aseason-high with nine blocked shots. Freshman Travis Watson led theCavaliers in that category with a career-high five blocks.

Senior Shaun Gee was the only Dartmouth player in double figures ashe scored 16 points.

Cavaliers Knock Off Belmont

Virginia defeated Belmont 94-74 at University Hall on December 28for its fourth consecutive victory.

Sophomore forward Chris Williams led four UVa players in doublefigure scoring with 20 points on eight of 12 shooting from the floor. Healso made four of seven free throws. Junior guard Donald Hand added 17points and eight assists, while senior forward Willie Dersch and juniorguard Keith Friel both contributed 12 points. All 12 of Friel’s pointscame on three-pointers.

The Cavaliers shot an impressive 54.1 percent (33-61) from thefield and equaled their season high with 11 three-pointers on 28 attempts(39.3 percent).

The Bruins jumped out to a 9-2 lead less than four minutes into thegame. Dersch then scored six of Virginia’s nine points in a 9-0 run as UVatook an 11-9 advantage with 14:40 to play in the first half. After sixties and seven lead changes, the Cavaliers jumped out in front for good,24-23, on a basket by Hand with 7:30 to go in the first stanza.

Belmont, which made 12 three-pointers in the game, was led by B.J.Proffitt, who scored 17 points.

UVa Rallies to Defeat Richmond

Virginia, down by as many as 11 points in the first half and byseven points at halftime, rallied for a 69-65 victory at the University ofRichmond on December 21.

Sophomore guard Adam Hall scored a game-high 23 points to lead fourVirginia players in double figures. Sophomore forward Chris Williamsscored 14 points, freshman center/forward Travis Watson had his thirddouble-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds, and freshmanguard Roger Mason scored 10 points.

UVa was down by eight points (55-47) with 10:24 left in the game,but the Cavaliers scored nine consecutive points to take a 56-55 lead with6:50 left to play. Hall scored the final five points in Virginia’snine-point surge.

The Cavaliers took the lead for good when Mason broke a 59-59 tiewith a three-pointer with 3:44 left in the game. It was the final fieldgoal of the game for UVa.

Virginia made seven of eight free throws down the stretch to holdoff the Spiders. Williams made five of six free throw attempts in thegame’s closing moments.

Greg Stevenson led Richmond with 22 points.

Cavaliers Roll to Victory over Hampton

Six UVa players scored in double figures in a 102-56 win overHampton on December 10 at the Hampton Convocation Center. All fivestarters scored in double figures and shot better than 50 percent from thefloor. As a team the Cavaliers shot a season high 54.3 percent (38-70).Forward Chris Williams led the way with a game-high 18 points, while juniorDonald Hand and sophomore Adam Hall both contributed 15 points. SeniorWillie Dersch (11), freshman Travis Watson (10) and junior Josh Hare (10)rounded out UVa’s double figure scorers. Hand also dished out acareer-high 11 assists for his first double-double of the season.

Tommy Adams led Hampton with 14 points and he also added fiverebounds, five assists and two steals.

Virginia jumped out to a 20-0 lead and shot 63.2 percent (24-38) enroute to a 59-23 halftime advantage.

Virginia Defeats Loyola

The Cavaliers halted their two-game losing streak with a 98-67 winover Loyola on December 8 at University Hall. UVa shot a then season-high53.7 percent (36-67) from the floor and also registered another season bestwith 11 three-pointers. Sophomore Adam Hall led five Virginia players indouble figure scoring with 18 points, all of which came in the first half.Hall was eight of 10 from the field. Freshman Travis Watson added 14points and a game-high eight rebounds, while junior Donald Hand tossed in13 points. Watson recorded four steals and Hand dished out eight assists.Freshman Roger Mason (12) and senior Willie Dersch (10) rounded out thedouble figure scorers for UVa.

Guard Jason Rowe led Loyola with 19 points, while forward BlanchardHurd added 17.

UVa Loses to St. John’s in Madison Square Garden

Despite 20 points from forward Chris Williams, and 10 points andnine rebounds from Travis Watson, UVa dropped an 85-63 decision to St.John’s University in Madison Square Garden on December 4. Erick Barkleyled five St. John’s players in double figures with 27 points. The RedStorm shot 55.4 percent (31-56) from the field, including 50 percent (6-12)from three-point range, in the victory over the Cavaliers. The loss wasVirginia’s second in a row.

UVa Loses to Minnesota in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Virginia shot a season-low 36.4 percent from the field and theCavaliers were out-rebounded 41-32 in a 74-62 loss at Minnesota in theACC/Big Ten Challenge on November 30. Terrance Simmons paced fourMinnesota players in double figures with 15 points, while freshman forwardTravis Watson scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed a team-high sevenrebounds to lead Virginia.

Cavaliers Finish Fifth in Puerto Rico Shootout

After dropping its first round game in the Puerto Rico Shootout toSouth Carolina 73-71 on November 25, UVa won its next two games to finishfifth in the tournament. The Cavaliers defeated Providence 80-64 onNovember 26, and then posted a 70-64 victory over Arizona State in thefifth place game on November 27.

Junior guard Donald Hand was named to the All-Tournament team afteraveraging 19.3 points in the three contests. He was 20 of 28 (71.4percent) from the free throw line, including a 14 of 17 effort againstProvidence. Hand scored a season-high 26 points in the win over PC.

Double-Double in Debut

Freshman forward Travis Watson became only the third freshman inVirginia history since the restoration of freshman eligibility in 1972-73to record a double-double in the first game of his career. Oddly enough,it is also the second straight year that it has happened.

Watson totaled 15 points and 14 rebounds in only 19 minutes in theseason opener against Elon on November 19. He earned his first careerstart against VMI on November 21 and totaled 16 points (7 of 9 FGs, 2-2FTs), seven rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and two steals in 25minutes of action.Current sophomore Chris Williams opened his UVa career with a 20-point,10-rebound “double double” against Virginia Commonwealth last season.

The first player to record a double double in his first game wasScott Johnson, who scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 27 minutesin the 1995-96 season opener against Tennessee-Martin.

The performances of several notable Cavaliers in their collegedebuts are listed below.

Who? Opp./Yr. Pts. Rebs.
Junior Burrough W&M 91-92 17 6
Bryant Stith Dartmouth 88-89 12 6
Olden Polynice Lafayette 83-84 8 5
Ralph Sampson Johns Hopkins 79-80 17 8
Jeff Lamp James Madison 77-78 24 3
Marc Iavaroni W&L 74-75 14 9
Wally Walker WFU 72-73 7 3

No Three-Pointers

Virginia held Arizona State without a three-point field goal onNovember 27, marking the sixth time since the inception of the three-pointfield goal in the 1986-87 season that UVa has accomplished the feat.Interestingly, two of the five previous games that Virginia held opponentswithout a three-pointer came last season in a span of eight days (Loyola0-7 on 12/30/98 and Maryland 0-7 on 1/7/99).

Only Two in Double Figure Scoring

The Cavaliers had only two players score in double figures in theirvictory against Providence (Nov. 26) and their loss to St. John’s (Dec. 4),marking the only times this season Virginia has not had at least threeplayers score in double figures in a game. Last season, Virginia failed tohave at least three players score in double figures four times, but onlywon one of those contests (a 65-58 win over Clemson on January 17, 1999).

Back-to-Back 90 Point Games

The Cavaliers scored over 90 points in back-to-back games to openthe season for the first time since the 1975-76 season. Virginia began the1999-2000 season with a 97-66 win over Elon, then defeated VMI 98-57. Thelast time the Cavaliers scored that many points in the first two games of aseason was in 1975-76 when they posted 113-65 and 101-57 victories overHampden-Sydney and Washington & Lee, respectively.

The combined margin of victory over Elon and VMI (72 points) is thelargest in the first two games of a season since 1975-76 when UVa won by 92points.

Watson Perfect From Field

Freshman forward/center Travis Watson was a perfect six-for-sixfrom the field against South Carolina on November 25 to tie for Virginia’sfifth best perfect shooting game from the field of all time. It is the11th time that a player has made all six attempts from the field. Prior toWatson, the last UVa player to make every attempt (minimum of five) fromthe floor was Kenny Turner, who tied the school record with a nine-for-nineeffort against Samford on 11/28/89. Jeff Jones (vs. Alabama-Birmingham3/18/82) also shares the school record with Turner.

Dersch and Hand Elected Captains

Senior forward Willie Dersch and junior guard Donald Hand have beenelected captains of the 1999-2000 Virginia basketball team by theirteammates. Both players served as captains of the basketball team lastseason.

In 1998-99, Dersch started 26 of the 30 games in which he playedand received the team’s Michael McCann Leadership Award. He averaged 10.2points and 2.8 rebounds a game last season. The three-year letterwinner isthe only senior on the 1999-2000 UVa team.

Hand started all 30 games last season and was the co-recipient ofthe Bill Gibson Cavalier of the Year Award as the team’s most valuableplayer. Hand led the Cavaliers in scoring (17.1 ppg), assists (123, 4.1ppg.), steals (57), free throw shooting (86.2 percent, 162-188) andthree-point field goals (50). He was the top free throw shooter in theAtlantic Coast Conference last season. His 41 points in Virginia’s 82-79overtime victory over North Carolina State last February are a UVasophomore record and the most points scored by a Virginia player sinceBarry Parkhill established a school record with 51 points againstBaldwin-Wallace during the 1971-72 season.

Williams and Hall Win Silver

Sophomores Chris Williams and Adam Hall played on the USABasketball Men’s Junior World Championship Team that earned a silver medalat the 16-team 1999 FIBA Men’s Junior World Championships in Portugal inJuly. Williams, the 1998-99 ACC Rookie of the Year and All-ACC third-teampick, set a tournament record for the USA with 12 blocked shots during thecompetition. He averaged 10.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

1999-2000 ACC Pre-Season Media Prediction
(Indicates first place votes)

Team Points
1. North Carolina (74) 792
2. Duke (16) 712
3. Wake Forest 577
4. Maryland 481
5. NC State 442
6. Georgia Tech 396
7. Virginia 358
8. Florida State 179
9. Clemson 113

Five Players Mentioned for ACC Pre-Season Honors

Virginia had five players receive votes for various 1999-2000Pre-Season Atlantic Coast Conference teams as selected by the mediaattending the conference’s 38th annual Operation Basketball held on October24 in Greensboro, N.C.

Headlining the UVa list is sophomore forward Chris Williams who wasselected to the pre-season All-ACC second team. Williams also receivedconsideration as the pre-season ACC Player of the Year. Last season,Williams was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and also garnered third teamaccolades. He was Virginia’s second leading scorer at 16.8 points per gameand also led the squad with 7.5 rebounds per outing.

Junior guard Donald Hand was a 1999-2000 honorable mentionpre-season All-ACC selection, having received the 13th-most votes. Handled the Cavaliers in scoring in 1998-99 with 17.1 points per game and wasan honorable mention All-ACC pick at the conclusion of the season.

Three members of Virginia’s heralded freshman class receivedconsideration as the 1999-2000 pre-season ACC Rookie of the Year. Pointguard Majestic Mapp, guard Roger Mason and forward Travis Watson were amongseven league players to receive votes for Rookie of the Year.

Ducharme Living on The Lawn

Redshirt junior Colin Ducharme was selected to live in one ofVirginia’s prestigious Lawn rooms during the 1999-2000 academic year. Heis the 15th men’s basketball player to be chosen to live on The Lawn andthe first since Matt Blundin, who played both basketball and football atVirginia, lived on The Lawn in 1992.

Ricky Stokes (1984), Ralph Sampson (1983) and Terry Gates (1980)are the other most recent basketball players to live on The Lawn.

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