Cavaliers Host Longwood at JPJA on Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE-The Virginia men’s basketball team is back at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday (Dec. 3) when the Cavaliers host Longwood in a game that is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
UVa is currently 6-1 on the season and takes a four-game winning streak into the game with Longwood. The Lancers are 2-5 on the season with a game at home against South Carolina State on Friday (Dec. 2).
Single-game tickets for the Virginia-Longwood game are available and can be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased on game day at the JPJA box office starting at 11:30 a.m.
Family packages are also available for the Longwood game. A minimum of four tickets must be purchased at a family package price point and a voucher will be included with each ticket for a hot dog and a 22-ounce soda.
The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network and will be televised by Regional Sports Networks, including Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic locally. The game will also be carried on ESPN3.
The Cavaliers are coming off a 70-58 victory over No. 14 Michigan on Tuesday (Nov. 29) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It was UVa’s highest ranked win since beating No. 12 Clemson 85-81 in overtime on Feb. 15, 2009.
Senior forward Mike Scott had his third double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers against the Wolverines. Sophomore guard Joe Harris scored 18 points, had seven rebounds and tied a career high with four steals for UVa, while freshman guard Malcolm Brogdon scored 16 points and had five rebounds. Senior guard Sammy Zeglinski added 11 points and six assists.
It’s the first time this season Virginia had four players score in double figures in a game and also the first time the Cavaliers had three players score 15 or more points in a game.
Scott leads UVa in scoring and rebounding with averages of 15.3 points and 10.1 rebounds a game. He is shooting 52.9 percent (36-68) from the field and 77.3 percent (34-44) from the free-throw line.
Scott, a preseason All-ACC selection, ranks second among ACC players in rebounding and field goal percentage, eighth in scoring and ninth in free throw percentage.
Harris is averaging 12.6 points a game and ranks tied for first among ACC players in free throw percentage at 92.9 percent (26-28).
Virginia has five players averaging between 7.3 and 5.9 points a game including Brogdon (7.3 ppg.), sophomore guard KT Harrell (6.6 ppg.), Zeglinski (6.2 ppg.), junior guard Jontel Evans (6.1 ppg.) and senior center Assane Sene (5.9 ppg.).
The Cavaliers have held each of their seven opponents under 60 points, the first time they have held seven straight opponents under 60 points since the 1948-49 season. UVa ranks first in the ACC and second in the nation in scoring defense at 47.1 points a game through games of Dec. 1.
Virginia ranks first among ACC teams in rebounding defense (192, 27.4), second in field goal percentage defense (.350, 116-331) and third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.283, 30-106).
UVa also ranks first among conference teams in free throw percentage (.783, 130-166).
Virginia leads the series with Longwood 5-0 and all of the games in the series have been played in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers won the most recent meeting between the two teams 85-72 during the 2009-10 season.
Longwood is an independent and is not affiliated with a conference.
The Lancers are led in scoring and rebounding by 6-6 senior center Antwan Carter who is averaging 16.9 points and 8.7 rebounds a game. Guard Jeremiah Bowman, a 6-2 senior, is averaging 15.1 points a game for Longwood.
Mike Gillian is in his ninth season as head coach at Longwood. His Longwood teams have compiled an overall record of 77-173.
After the game with Longwood, the Cavaliers play the final game of four consecutive games at home against George Mason at John Paul Jones Arena on Tuesday (Dec. 6). That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.