Baron Scores 19 to Pace UVa's Season-Opening Triumph Over William & Mary, 76-52
CHARLOTTESVILLE–Freshman guard Billy Baron scored a game-high 19 points and senior forward Mike Scott scored 18 points and had a game-high nine rebounds to lead the Virginia men’s basketball team to a 76-52 season-opening victory over William & Mary at John Paul Jones Arena on Friday night (Nov. 12). UVa won its season opener for the 13th consecutive season.
Freshman guard KT Harrell scored 13 points for the Cavaliers and senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan added 10 points.
Junior guard/forward Quinn McDowell led William & Mary with 16 points and junior forward JohnMark Ludwick had 13 points and six rebounds for the Tribe. Sophomore forward Kyle Gaillard and senior forward Marcus Kitts each scored 10 points for William & Mary.
Virginia led 28-27 at halftime after the Tribe scored the final seven points of the first half.
The Cavaliers led 46-41 with 12:17 left to play and then went on a 19-3 run to take a 65-44 lead with 6:58 remaining in the game. Baron scored 13 points in the Virginia run, including three three-point field goals. William & Mary got no closer than 18 points the remainder of the game.
For the game Baron was 6-8 from the field, including 5-6 from three-point range, and he made both of his free throw attempts. He also had three assists, one steal and no turnovers in 21 minutes of action.
Sophomore guard Jontel Evans had a career-high seven assists for the Cavaliers and senior forward Will Sherrill tied a career high with six rebounds.
As a team Virginia shot 50 percent (28-56) from the field, including 52.2 percent (12-23) from three-point range, and 72.7 percent (8-11) from the free-throw line. The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Tribe 37-27 and held William & Mary to 37.5 percent (18-48) shooting from the field. Both teams had eight turnovers with UVa committing just two turnovers in the second half.
Virginia returns to action on Monday (Nov. 15) when the Cavaliers host USC Upstate at John Paul Jones Arena. That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.