Virginia Concludes Preseason With Victory
Nov. 17, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior forward/center Travis Watson (Brookneal, Va.) registered a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead the University of Virginia men’s basketball team to a 73-57 exhibition win over One World All-Stars Sunday afternoon (Nov. 17) at University Hall. The exhibition game marked the Cavaliers’ final preseason tune-up as UVa opens the 2002-2003 regular season Friday (Nov. 22) against Long Island University at University Hall. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
In addition to his 16 points and game-high 16 rebounds, Watson blocked a pair of shots. Junior guard Todd Billet (Middletown, N.J.) led all scorers in the game with 17 points while playing 39 minutes. He also recorded a game-high seven assists. Junior center Nick Vander Laan (Sacramento, Calif.) and sophomore guard Devin Smith (New Castle, Del.) rounded out UVa’s double figure scorers. Vander Laan scored 12 points and added seven rebounds, two blocked shots and two assists. In his first game for the Cavaliers, Smith tallied 11 points.
Virginia trailed for most of the first half, but a layup by Watson with 22 seconds remaining gave UVa a 35-34 halftime advantage. One World All-Stars built a five-point lead (40-35) early in the second half, only to see the Cavaliers quickly respond with baskets by Watson, Billet and Vander Laan. UVa took the lead for good midway through the second half when sophomore forward Elton Brown (Newport News, Va.) converted a layup off an offensive rebound to give the Cavaliers a 51-50 lead.
Gordon Malone led One World All-Stars with 15 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots, while Kareem Reid tallied 14 points. Brian Lewin also reached double figures for One World All-Stars with 10 points.
UVa shot 44.6 percent (29-65) from the field in the game while limiting One World All-Stars to 31.1 percent (19-61) accuracy. The Cavaliers also held a 45-38 edge in rebounds.