Cavaliers Return to Action with 63-48 Win Over Oregon
CHARLOTTESVILLE-Freshman guard KT Harrell scored 20 points, senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan had 17 points and red-shirt junior guard Sammy Zeglinski added 12 points and four assists to lead the Virginia men’s basketball team to a 63-48 victory over Oregon Friday night (Dec. 17) at John Paul Jones Arena.
Senior forward Mike Scott, the Cavaliers’ leading scorer and rebounder, did not play in the game after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Thursday (Dec. 16). The surgery was to remove loose pieces of cartilage.
UVa also played without injured senior forward Will Sherrill for the third consecutive game.
The victory was the fourth in a row for the Cavaliers and improved their record to 7-3 on the season. Virginia has won five of its last six games.
The loss ended a three-game winning streak for Oregon and dropped the Ducks’ record to 7-4.
Virginia shot 50 percent (22-44) from the field in the game, including 41.7 percent (5-12) from three-point range, and 73.7 percent (14-19) from the free throw line.
UVa jumped to a 4-0 lead to open the game, but Oregon went on a 15-2 run over a stretch of 7:12 to take a 15-6 lead with 10:19 remaining in the first half. Virginia out-scored the Ducks 19-7 the rest of the half to lead 25-22 at the break. Six different players scored during that UVa run with Farrakhan scoring five points. A layup by Harrell with 2:32 left in the half gave the Cavaliers the lead for good at 23-22.
Virginia held a 33-31 lead just over six minutes into the second half when Harrell hit a jump shot, Farrakhan blocked an Oregon shot and then hit a three-point field goal. After another basket by Harrell the Cavaliers had a 40-31 lead with 10:44 left to play.
Oregon cut the Virginia lead to 40-36, but the Cavaliers took control with a 10-2 run to open a 50-38 lead with 5:16 remaining in the game. Zeglinski had two three-point field goals during that stretch. The Ducks got no closer than 10 points the rest of the game.
Freshman forward Akil Mitchell led UVa with seven rebounds and freshman guard Joe Harris had six rebounds.
Forward Joevan Catron led Oregon with 16 points and seven rebounds. He was the only Oregon player to score in double figures.
Oregon shot 34.5 percent (19-55) from the field, including 15.8 percent (3-19) from three-point range, and 77.8 percent (7-9) from the free throw line. The Ducks out-rebounded Virginia 32-30.
The Cavaliers blocked six Oregon shots and have now blocked 19 shots in their last three games.
The game with Oregon was the second of eight consecutive home games for UVa.
Virginia’s next game is on Monday (Dec. 20) when the Cavaliers host Norfolk State at John Paul Jones Arena. That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.