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Dec 22, 2003

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)Elton Brown had 22 points and 11 rebounds tolead Virginia to an 89-74 victory over Coastal Carolina on Monday night.

Derrick Byars finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Todd Billetadded 16 for the Cavaliers (8-0). Freshman Gary Forbes chipped in with 13.

E.J. Gallup led Coastal Carolina (4-5), whose evening was aided by a10-for-24 effort from behind the arc, with 17.

The Cavaliers extended their nine-point halftime margin with an 11-0 runearly in the second half punctuated by a 3-pointer by Gary Forbes that made it60-45 with 14:35 remaining.

The Chanticleer would get no closer than nine the rest of the way, thoughtheir perimeter shooting kept Virginia’s lead from growing too large.

Virginia led 47-38 at intermission as it was able to break upon what hadbeen a nip-and-tuck first 20 minutes.

The Cavaliers finished the half on a 7-0 run in the final minute, which washighlighted by a Billet 3-pointer and then a Billet jumper just before thebuzzer.

The opening half featured a total of 12 lead changes. Coastal Carolina ledby as many as three on three different occasions.

The Cavaliers’ 60 percent first-half shooting made up for a 1-for-6performance from the free throw line.

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