Virginia Concludes Six-Game Homestand Against Hartford
CHARLOTTESVILLEThe Virginia men’s basketball team concludes a six-game homestand on Sunday (Dec. 30) when the Cavaliers host Hartford at John Paul Jones Arena. UVa hasn’t played since defeating Elon 91-61 on Dec. 22.
Sunday’s game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on ACC Select at www.accselect.com. Virginia enters the game on a three-game winning streak and has an overall record of 9-2.
Senior guard Sean Singletary continues to lead the Cavaliers in scoring and assists. He is averaging 18.7 points and 7.0 assists a game. In the victory over Elon, Singletary scored a game-high 20 points, had eight assists, five rebounds and three steals. He was 5-7 from the field, including 3-4 from three-point range, and was 7-9 from the free throw line.
Two other UVa players are averaging in double figures in scoring. Senior forward Adrian Joseph is averaging 13.0 points a game and leads the team in rebounding with an average of 7.7 a game. Junior forward/guard Mamadi Diane is averaging 11.0 points a game and leads the team in blocked shots with nine.
With Virginia big men Laurynas Mikalauskas, Ryan Pettinella and Tunji Soroye hampered by injuries, sophomore center/forward Jerome Meyinsse and freshman forward Mike Scott have made significant contributions for the Cavaliers. In the last two games, Scott has scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while Meyinsse totaled 21 points and 11 rebounds. Scott had a career-high 15 points in the win over Hampton on Dec. 19 and Meyinsse scored a career-high 12 points in UVa’s victory over Elon.
Sophomore guard Calvin Baker continues to provide Virginia with valuable minutes off the bench. Baker is averaging 9.2 points, 2.5 assists and 22.5 minutes played a game. He is shooting 50 percent (38-76) from the field, including 47.5 percent (19-40) from three-point range.
The Cavaliers have out-rebounded 10 of their 11 opponents this season and are out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 13.8 rebounds a game.
UVa is scoring an average of 81.5 points a game and allowing an average of 65.4 points a game.
Hartford, a member of the America East Conference, enters the game with a record of 5-8. The Hawks have lost their last two games and four of their last five.
Sophomore guard Joe Zeglinski and junior forward Warren McLendon lead Hartford. Zeglinski is averaging 14.5 points and 2.8 assists a game. His younger brother, Sammy, is a freshman guard for the Cavaliers. McLendon is averaging 13.7 points and 5.2 rebounds a game.
Dan Leibovitz is in his second season as Hartford’s head coach. The Hawks were 13-18 last season.
Sunday’s game is the third in the series between the two schools. Virginia won the first two games in the series. The Cavaliers won 73-54 during the 1985-86 season and 71-62 during the 2005-06 season.