Cavaliers Conclude Maui Invitational with 70-58 Loss to Wichita State
LAHAINA, Hawaii-Wichita State overcame a 16-point first half deficit and defeated Virginia 70-58 in the fifth place game at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational on Wednesday (Nov. 24).
The victory improved Wichita State’s record to 3-1 on the season, while the loss evened UVa’s record at 3-3.
Senior center/forward JT Durley scored 17 points, junior guard Toure Murry scored 13 points and junior guard Joe Ragland had 10 points to lead the Shockers. Murry also had eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in 25 minutes of action.
Ten different players scored for the Shockers.
Senior forward Mike Scott led Virginia with his second consecutive double-double and third of the season. He scored 16 points, had a game-high 10 rebounds and three assists.
Also scoring in double figures for the Cavaliers were senior forward Will Sherrill with 11 points, and sophomore guard Jontel Evans and freshman guard KT Harrell with 10 points each.
Virginia raced to a 20-4 lead with 12:36 left in the first half. Freshman guard Joe Harris had seven points in the Cavaliers’ opening run, while Harrell had five points and Scott four.
Wichita State scored the next 10 points and out-scored UVa 20-4 over the next 7:27 to tie the game 24-24 with 5:09 remaining in the half.
UVa took its last lead when Harris scored on a layup to put the Cavaliers ahead 28-27 with 3:00 left in the first half, but the Shockers outscored Virginia 8-3 the remainder of the half and led 35-31 at halftime.
The Cavaliers were within one point (44-43) of Wichita State with 12:33 left in the game, but the Shockers scored the next nine points to open a 10-point lead (53-43) and take control of the game with 8:03 left to play. Junior center Garrett Stutz scored four points in that Wichita State run and the Cavaliers got no closer than eight points the rest of the game.
The Shockers’ reserves out-scored Virginia’s reserves 28-2 in the game.
Virginia shot 43.1 percent (22-51) from the field, including 46.2 percent (6-13) from three-point range, and 61.5 percent (8-13) from the free throw line. Wichita State shot 42.3 percent (22-52) from the field, including 50 percent (8-16) from three-point range, and 81.8 percent (18-22) from the free throw line.
The Shockers out-rebounded the Cavaliers 36-29 and each team had 10 turnovers.
It was the first game between the two schools in men’s basketball and the loss ended a streak of 24 consecutive wins by the Cavaliers against first time opponents. UVa’s last loss to a first time opponent came against Gonzaga in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Virginia returns to action on Monday (Nov. 29) when the Cavaliers play at Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time and will be televised by ESPN2.