Cavaliers Fall to Iowa State 60-47
CHARLOTTESVILLE-Senior forward Jamie Vanderbeken scored a career-high 24 points and had eight rebounds to lead Iowa State to a 60-47 victory over Virginia Thursday night (Dec. 30) at John Paul Jones Arena.
The victory was the sixth in a row for the Cyclones who are now 12-2 on the season. It was the second home loss in a row for the Cavaliers who now have an overall record of 8-5.
The 6-11 Vanderbeken was 9-12 from the field, including 5-8 from three-point range, and he made his only free throw attempt. Junior guard Scott Christopherson scored 14 points for the Cyclones and freshman forward Melvin Ejim added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Freshman guard KT Harrell led Virginia with nine points, and junior center Assane Sene and freshman forward Will Regan each scored seven points. The game marked the first time the Cavaliers failed to have a player score in double figures since a 78-51 loss at Georgia Tech on Jan. 19, 1991.
Senior forward Will Sherrill returned after missing five games with a fractured fibula in his right leg and led UVa with a career-high nine rebounds. He also scored four points.
The Cavaliers played without senior forward Mike Scott, their leading scorer and rebounder, for the third time in the last four games because of a left ankle injury.
Iowa State led 24-15 at halftime behind 13 points by Vanderbeken. Virginia shot just 20 percent (6-30) from the field in the first half, including 0-13 from three-point range.
A basket by senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan on Virginia’s first possession of the second half pulled the Cavaliers within seven points (24-17) of the Cyclones, but Iowa State then went on a 14-0 run to take a 38-17 lead with 16:27 left in the game. The closest UVa got the rest of the way was 11 points with 32 seconds remaining to play. Vanderbeken and Christopherson each had two three-point field goals in the Cyclones’ run.
Iowa State shot 54.2 percent (13-24) from the field in the second half and 46.0 percent (23-50) from the field for the game. The Cyclones made 38.1 percent (8-21) of their shots from three-point range and 46.2 percent (6-13) of their free throw attempts.
Virginia shot 32.3 percent (20-62) from the field, including 12.5 percent (3-24) from three-point range, and 57.1 percent (4-7) from the free throw line. The Cavaliers out-rebounded Iowa State 38-37.
UVa returns to action on Sunday (Jan. 2) when the Cavaliers host LSU at John Paul Jones Arena. That game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be televised by Fox Sports Net.