Cavaliers Host USC Upstate On Monday
CHARLOTTESVILLE-The Virginia men’s basketball team will be looking for its second consecutive victory on Monday (Nov. 15) when the Cavaliers welcome USC Upstate to John Paul Jones Arena. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network.
Single-game tickets for the Virginia-USC Upstate game are available for $28 and $13 and can be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased on game day at the JPJA box office starting at 5:30 p.m.
UVa opened its 2010-11 season with a 76-52 victory over William & Mary on Friday (Nov. 12) at JPJA. Virginia had four players score in double figures in the victory over the Tribe as the Cavaliers won their 13th consecutive season opener.
Freshman guard Billy Baron led UVa in scoring with 19 points. He was 6-8 from the field in the game, 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.
Baron scored 13 points, including three three-point field goals, in a decisive Virginia second half run when the Cavaliers took control of the game. Virginia 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.
Senior forward Mike Scott scored 18 points and had a game-high nine rebounds for UVa in a team-high 32 minutes of playing time. Freshman guard KT Harrell added 13 points and five rebounds, and senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan scored 10 points, had four rebounds and two steals.
Sophomore guard Jontel Evans had a career-high seven assists for the Cavaliers in 31 minutes of action 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 players combined for 17 assists in the game.
“I don’t think I learned anything, what was reaffirmed was that they share the ball,” Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said about his team after the William & Mary game. “They are an unselfish group.”
Monday’s game against USC Upstate is the first between the two teams. USC Upstate is located in Spartanburg, S.C., and is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Spartans are in their fourth season as a member of the NCAA’s Division I.
USC Upstate opened its 2010-11 season with a 66-35 loss at Michigan on Saturday (Nov. 13). Chalmers Rogers, a 6-7 junior forward, led the Spartans against Michigan with seven points and nine rebounds.
Eddie Payne is in his ninth year as the head coach at USC Upstate.
Monday’s game with USC Upstate is the last home game for Virginia until Radford comes to John Paul Jones Arena on Dec. 7 (7 p.m.). The Cavaliers play their next six games away from home beginning with a game at Stanford on Thursday (Nov. 18, 10:30 p.m. Eastern time). Thursday’s game is to be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network and televised by Fox Sports Net.