Virginia Finishes Preseason 2-0
Nov. 11, 2001
Charlottesville, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s basketball team concluded the exhibition portion of the 2001-02 season with a 98-69 victory over the L.A. Stars Sunday afternoon (Nov. 11) at University Hall.
Senior forward Chris Williams (Birmingham, Ala.) led all players with 21 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Junior guard Roger Mason, Jr. (Silver Spring, Md.) went a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line, as he added 20 points for the Cavaliers. Other Virginia players to score in double figures included junior forward/center Travis Watson (Brookneal, Va.), and freshmen Jermaine Harper (Gardena, Calif.) and Elton Brown (Newport News, Va.). Watson scored 14 points on 6-9 (.666) shooting from the field and pulled down seven rebounds. Harper started the game for Virginia and scored 10 points, while making both of his three-point attempts. Brown came off the bench to contribute 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Three players scored in double figures for L.A., led by Jelani Janisee and Byron Wilson, who scored 11 points apiece. Derrick Anderson scored 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Stars. Janisee also had eight rebounds and six assists in the losing effort.
Virginia never trailed in the contest as Mason opened the game with a three-pointer. Mason’s two free throws with five seconds remaining in the first half gave the Cavaliers a 26-point lead (50-24) at the break. Late in the second half UVa took its largest lead of the contest as Harper a hit three-pointer to give Virginia a 34-point lead (93-59) with 2:37 remaining in the game. The Cavaliers outrebounded the Stars 58-37 and forced 17 turnovers. The Cavaliers outshot L.A. 43.4 percent (36-83) to 33.3 percent (23-69)
Virginia opens the 2001-02 regular season on Friday, Nov. 16 when it hosts Wagner College at University Hall. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.