Cavaliers Play Stanford In Cancun Challenge On Tuesday
CANCUN, Mexico—The Virginia men’s basketball team meets Stanford on Tuesday (Nov. 24) in the Cancun Challenge at the Moon Palace Resort. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Eastern time.
The game will be carried on the Virginia Sports Radio Network and will be televised by CBS College Sports.
The Stanford game is the first of two in Cancun for the Cavaliers. UVa will play either Cleveland State or Kentucky on Wednesday (Nov. 25).
The Cavaliers have won their last two games, including a 76-55 victory over Oral Roberts at John Paul Jones Arena last Saturday (Nov. 21), and are now 3-1 on the season. Stanford enters Tuesday’s game with a record of 2-2.
Virginia has held its last two opponents under 34 percent shooting from the field. Rider shot 33.3 percent (17-51) from the field in a 79-46 loss to the Cavaliers on Nov. 19 and Oral Roberts shot just 32.1 percent (18-56) in its loss to UVa.
Junior forward Mike Scott had team-high totals of 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers in their victory over Oral Roberts. It was Scott’s second double-double of the season and the 12th of his Virginia career.
Three other players scored in double figures for UVa against the Golden Eagles. Sophomore guard Sylven Landesberg scored 14 points, while junior guard Mustapha Farrakhan and sophomore guard Sammy Zeglinski each scored 13 points.
Sophomore center Assane Sene played in his first game of the season against Oral Roberts. Sene scored a career-high eight points and had seven rebounds in 13 minutes of action before fouling out of the game. He was suspended by head coach Tony Bennett for the first three games of the season for “conduct detrimental to the team.”
Landesberg leads the Cavaliers in scoring with an average of 15.3 points a game. Scott, Farrakhan and Zeglinski are also averaging in double figures in scoring. Scott is averaging 13.3 points a game and leads the team in rebounds with an average of 9.3 per game. He is also shooting 60.5 percent (23-38) from the field. Farrakhan and Zeglinski are both averaging 10.3 points a game. Farrakhan leads the team in assists with 12 (average of 3.0 a game) and Zeglinski is shooting 56.3 percent (9-16) from three-point range.
Virginia’s starting lineup the last two games has consisted of Farrakhan, Landesberg, Scott, Zeglinski and senior forward/center Jerome Meyinsse. Meyinsse is averaging 3.8 points and 3.5 rebounds a game for the season.
Stanford leads the series with Virginia 5-1 and the Cardinal have won the last four games in the series. Stanford defeated the Cavaliers 76-75 in Charlottesville during the 2006-07 season in the last game between the two teams. That loss was the first for UVa in John Paul Jones Arena.
The Cardinal opened the 2009-10 season with a 77-64 loss at San Diego before returning home for three consecutive games. Stanford defeated Cal Poly 70-53, lost to Oral Roberts 83-81 and defeated Florida A&M 99-69.
Senior guard/forward Landry Fields leads Stanford in scoring and rebounding. Fields is averaging 22.5 points and 8.3 rebounds a game for the Cardinal. He is shooting 41.7 percent from three-point range and has scored more than 20 points in three of Stanford’s four games.
Also averaging in double figures in scoring for the Cardinal are sophomore guard Jeremy Green and senior guard Drew Shiller. Green is averaging 14.8 points and Shiller 10.3 points a game. Sophomore guard Jarrett Mann is averaging 8.8 points per game and leads Stanford in assists with 25 (6.3 assists a game).
Johnny Dawkins, who played at Duke and was a long-time assistant to Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, is in his second season as the head coach of the Cardinal. Stanford compiled a 20-14 record last season.