Men's Basketball Tips Off vs. Drexel at 8 p.m. Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLEThe Virginia men’s basketball team has little time to rest after its 75-72 victory at Arizona Saturday night. The Cavaliers are back at John Paul Jones Arena on Tuesday (Nov. 20) to play undefeated Drexel University. The game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
The Cavaliers, ranked No. 23 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll, improved their record to 3-0 with the victory over Arizona in Tucson. The Wildcats were No. 17 in the nation entering their game with Virginia and the Cavaliers’ win marked their fourth consecutive victory over a team ranked in The Associated Press Top 25.
ESPN’s Dick Vitale named Virginia head coach Dave Leitao his Coach of the Week as a result of the Cavaliers’ win at Arizona.
Senior guard Sean Singletary led UVa with 24 points and eight assist against the Wildcats. Singletary made two free throws with 1:22 remaining in the game to give the Cavaliers the lead for good at 71-69 and then hit a jumper with 39 seconds left to increase Virginia’s lead to four points.
Singletary was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week on Monday (Nov. 19) for the fourth time in his career.
Freshman guard Jeff Jones added 15 points on five three-point field goals, four of them in the first half, and sophomore forward Jamil Tucker tied his career high with 12 points against Arizona.
As a team, Virginia shot 51.0 percent (25-49) from the field against Arizona, including 57.1 percent (12-21) from three-point range, and 86.7 percent (13-15) from the free throw line.
Drexel, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, has opened the season with victories over Pennsylvania (67-59 in overtime), Navy (86-70) and Florida Gulf Coast (77-58).
Junior guard Tramayne Hawthorne leads the Dragons in scoring with an average of 19.7 points a game. He is shooting 53.8 percent (21-39) from the field, including 42.9 percent (12-28) from three-point range.
Senior center Frank Elegar is averaging 15.7 points and 10.0 rebounds a game, and is shooting 66.7 percent (14-21) from the field. Freshman guard Gerald Colds is averaging 13.3 points a game and is shooting 60 percent (12-20) from three-point range.
Tuesday’s game is the first meeting between the two programs and is Virginia’s second game in the Philly Hoop Group Classic.