Cavaliers Rebound in Maui with 74-56 Win Over Oklahoma
LAHAINA, Hawaii-Senior forward Mike Scott scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Virginia to a 74-56 victory over Oklahoma in a consolation round game at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational on Tuesday (Nov. 23). The double-double was the second of the season and the 20th of his UVa career for Scott.
The victory ended a two-game slide for the Cavaliers and improved their record to 3-2 on the season. Oklahoma also has a record of 3-2.
With the win Virginia now plays Wichita State on Wednesday (Nov. 24) in a game that will determine fifth place in the tournament. The Shockers defeated Chaminade 79-58 in another consolation round game on Tuesday. It will be the first meeting between UVa and Wichita State (2-1).
The Virginia-Wichita State game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday and will be televised by ESPNU.
Joining Scott in double figures in scoring for the Cavaliers against Oklahoma were senior forward Will Sherrill with 11 points and senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan with 10 points. Sherrill also had five rebounds while sophomore guard Jontel Evans scored five points, had five rebounds, six assists, three steals and no turnovers against the Sooners.
Freshman forward Tyler Neal led Oklahoma with 16 points and six rebounds, and senior guard Cade Davis scored 15 points.
Virginia took control of the game from the start by scoring the first 12 points to take a 12-0 lead just three minutes into the first half. Sherrill scored six points on two three-pointers and Scott scored four points to lead the Cavaliers in their early run.
UVa led by as many as 21 points in the first half (35-14 with 4:12 remaining in the half) and by 15 at halftime (40-25). The 15-point halftime lead was the largest for the Cavaliers away from home since they led by 15 (50-35) at the end of the first half at Penn on Nov. 23, 2007.
The Sooners rallied early in the second half to close within eight points of the Cavaliers at 41-33 with 16:43 remaining, but Virginia scored the next nine points to lead 50-33 with 14:27 left to play. Scott had six points and freshman guard Joe Harris made a three-point field goal in the 9-0 run. Oklahoma got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Virginia scored 24 points off 17 Oklahoma turnovers and the Cavaliers only turned the ball over nine times themselves. UVa shot 48.1 percent (25-52) from the field, including 38.9 percent (7-18) from three-point range, and 63.0 percent (17-27) from the free throw line.
Scott was 13-15 from the line. His 13 free throws made and 15 free throw attempts are both career highs. When he missed a free throw early in the second half it ended a stretch of 20 consecutive made free throws by Scott.
Oklahoma shot 44.4 percent (20-45) from the field, including 35.3 percent (6-17) from three-point range, and 71.4 percent (10-14) from the free throw line.
Virginia out-rebounded the Sooners 32-30 and the Cavaliers had eight steals in the game.
The 18-point win was the Cavaliers’ largest margin of victory away from home since an 84-57 victory over Albany in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
UVa now leads the series with Oklahoma 2-1.