No. 13 Washington Tops Virginia in Maui Invitational Opener
LAHAINA, Hawaii-Junior guard Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points to lead five Washington players in double figures and the No. 13 Huskies made 17 three-point field goals on their way to a 106-63 victory over Virginia in an opening round game at the Maui Invitational on Monday (Nov. 22).
Freshman guard Joe Harris led the Cavaliers with 19 points. Harris was 8-13 from the field, including 2-4 from three-point range, and he made his only free throw.
The victory improves Washington’s record to 3-0, while the loss drops Virginia to 2-2 on the season. The Huskies play No. 8 Kentucky (3-0) in the tournament semifinals on Wednesday (Nov. 23), while Virginia plays Oklahoma (3-1) in a consolation round game. Kentucky defeated Oklahoma 76-64 in the opening round on Monday.
The Virginia-Oklahoma game is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time and will be televised by ESPN2. Virginia and Oklahoma have met twice previously with each team winning once.
Washington’s 17 three-point field goals in Monday’s game are a record by a Virginia opponent. The previous record was 16 and was shared by Clemson (2/7/08) and Xavier (1/3/08).
Washington shot 58.0 percent (40-69) from the field for the game, including 65.4 percent (17-26) from three-point range, and 69.2 percent (9-13) from the free throw line.
The Huskies led 16-13 with 14:23 left in the first half before going on an 18-2 run to open up a 34-15 lead with 7:44 remaining in the half. Washington led 55-31 at halftime.
UVa got no closer in the second half and the Huskies led by as many as 48 points (105-57) with 2:00 minutes left in the game.
Washington’s 106 points were the most allowed by the Cavaliers since Virginia gave up 108 points in a 108-70 loss at Xavier on Jan. 3, 2008. The 43-point margin of defeat was the largest for UVa since a 45-point loss (99-54) at North Carolina on March 1, 2006.
Joining Thomas in double figure scoring for the Huskies were freshman guard C.J. Wilcox with 17 points, sophomore guard Abdul Gaddy and freshman guard Terrence Ross with 12 points each, and senior forward Justin Holiday with 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Thomas had six rebounds and four assists to go with his 18 points.
Also scoring in double figures for Virginia were freshman guard KT Harrell with 14 points and senior forward Mike Scott with 11 points. Harrell led the Cavaliers with eight rebounds and Harris had seven.
UVa shot 37.9 percent (22-58) from the field, including 25.0 percent (4-16) from three-point range, and 57.7 percent (15-26) from the free throw line. The Cavaliers turned the ball over 17 times and the Huskies scored 26 points off those turnovers.
The Virginia-Washington series is now tied 1-1.