Cavaliers Down No. 14 Michigan 70-58 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge
CHARLOTTESVILLE-Senior forward Mike Scott scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds, and sophomore guard Joe Harris had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead Virginia to a 70-58 victory over No. 14 Michigan in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Tuesday night (Nov. 29) at John Paul Jones Arena.
The victory was the fourth in a row for the Cavaliers and improved their record to 6-1 on the season. The loss drops Michigan’s record to 5-2.
It’s Virginia’s highest ranked win since an 85-81 overtime victory over No. 12 Clemson at John Paul Jones Arena on Feb. 12, 2009. The Cavaliers have now held all seven of their opponents this season under 60 points.
Senior guard Zack Novak led Michigan with 12 points, freshman guard Trey Burke scored 11 points and sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz added 10 points for the Wolverines.
Freshman guard Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points and five rebounds for UVa, and senior guard Sammy Zeglinski scored 11 points and had six assists for the Cavaliers.
UVa trailed the Wolverines 41-38 with 12:10 left to play, but the Cavaliers took control of the game by scoring 15 unanswered points to build a 53-41 lead with 6:44 remaining in the game. Brogdon scored six points on two three-point field goals and Scott also had six points in the Virginia run.
Michigan got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
The Cavaliers out-scored the Wolverines 10-4 in the last 2:15 of the first half to lead 24-23 at halftime.
Scott’s double-double was his third of the season and the 27th of his career. He ranks fourth on Virginia’s career list for double-doubles.
Virginia shot 41.5 percent (22-53) from the field for the game, including 36.0 percent (9-25) from three-point range, and 77.3 percent (17-22) from the free-throw line. UVa’s nine three-pointers are a season high.
Michigan shot 44.0 percent (22-50) from the field for the game, including 45.5 percent (10-22) from three-point range, and 57.1 percent (4-7) from the free-throw line.
Virginia out-rebounded Michigan 36-26 and the Cavaliers had 16 assists and just eight turnovers.
UVa returns to action on Saturday (Dec. 3) when the Cavaliers host Longwood at John Paul Jones Arena. That game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.