Cavaliers Take Season Opener Over Mount St. Mary's, 80-71
Nov. 23, 2003
By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Three freshmen scored all of Virginia’s pointsduring a 19-8 second-half run Sunday night and the Cavaliers won their seasonopener 80-71 against Mount St. Mary’s.
The Mountaineers (0-4) used a 6-for-6 start to the second half to get within47-44 on Landy Thompson’s 3-pointer with 16:55 to play. But Mount St. Mary’sthen went nearly nine minutes without a field goal while the newest Cavaliersmade their run.
That put the onus on the freshmen to carry much of the load, and theyresponded. After Reynolds’ free throw, Forbes made a steal and drove for a bigdunk, followed with a three-point play and added two more baskets. Minter,meanwhile, kept several balls alive underneath and scored on a series ofveteran-looking moves in the low post, once taking a bounce pass throughtraffic from Reynolds for a lay-in.
The Cavaliers built their lead to 72-56 with 3:38 left, but the Mountaineersscored 10 straight points before Virginia ended the run.
Kiel Butler led Mount St. Mary’s with 26, points and Thompson had 18.
The Cavaliers led 39-32 at halftime.