Torrid Shooting Leads Cavaliers Over Howard 84-63
CHARLOTTESVILLE-Senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan scored a career-high 31 points and Virginia shot 66.7 percent (32-48) from the field as the Cavaliers defeated Howard University 84-63 at John Paul Jones Arena Tuesday night (Jan. 4).
The victory was the second in a row for the Cavaliers and improved their overall record to 10-5. With the loss Howard is now 2-11 on the season.
Farrakhan made his first 11 shots from the field, including eight three-pointers. His eight consecutive three-point field goals tied a school record. Farrakhan finished the game 11-12 from the field, including 8-9 from three-point range, and he made one of two free throw attempts. His eight three-point field goals are the most by a UVa player in a game since Curtis Staples had nine vs. Georgia Tech on Feb. 15, 1998.
It was the first 30-point game by a Cavalier since Sylven Landesberg scored 32 points against Boston College on Feb. 4, 2009.
Freshman guard Joe Harris scored 16 points, freshman guard KT Harrell scored 14 points and junior center Assane Sene had a career-high nine points for Virginia. Harris made 5-6 shots from the field and all of his field goal attempts were from three-point range. He also made one of two free throw attempts.
Sene led the Cavaliers with five rebounds.
Virginia was 16-25 (64.0 percent) from three-point range in the game. The 16 three-point field goals are two short of the Cavaliers’ single-game record.
Mike Phillips had 21 points to lead Howard and Dadrian Collins scored 15 points for the Bison. Anton Dickerson and Kyle Riley each scored 11 points for Howard.
UVa shot 76.2 percent (16-21) from the field in the first half, including 76.9 percent (10-13) from three-point range, and led 45-32 at the break. It marked the first time Virginia shot over 70 percent in a half since shooting 72.2 percent (13-18) in the second half against Wake Forest on Feb. 24, 1996, in a 67-49 win.
The Cavaliers made 10 consecutive field goal attempts during one stretch of the first half, nine of them from three-point range.
Howard cut UVa’s lead to nine points (49-40) early in the second half after an 8-0 run, but the Cavaliers scored the next seven points to lead 56-40 with 15:29 left to play and the Bison got no closer than 14 points the rest of the game.
Howard shot 53.3 percent (24-45) from the field in the game, including 47.1 percent (8-17) from three-point range. The Bison out-rebounded UVa 23-17.
Virginia had 20 assists in the game led by sophomore guard Jontel Evans’ career-high 10 assists. Evans is the first UVa player to have 10 assists in a game since Sean Singletary had 10 against Old Dominion on March 24, 2008.
The Cavaliers also had 10 steals, including three each by Evans and freshman forward Akil Mitchell, as Howard turned the ball over 18 times.
Virginia now turns its attention to Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Cavaliers host North Carolina on Saturday (Jan. 8) at John Paul Jones Arena. That game is scheduled to begin at noon and will be televised on the ACC Network.
UVa is currently 1-0 in the ACC after a 57-54 victory at Virginia Tech on Dec. 5.