The Cavaliers beat Seattle University by 40 points Saturday at JPJA. The 83-43 win was Virginia's largest margin of victory of the Tony Bennett era.
The 'Hoos held Seattle to just 20 percent shooting in the first half as Virginia built a 31-point halftime lead. Virginia freshman center Mike Tobey had a game high 17 points. Akil Mitchell set a career high with 16 rebounds. Freshman Justin Anderson had a season high 11 points. Freshman Taylor Barnette had a season high 8 points.
Coach Tony Bennett says, "It's nice to get a win. We established a kind of basketball for us early and even statistically, it doesn't show, but I think Teven [Jones] gave us a great boost and a calming force as much defensively where he met the ball as the point of attack defensively and sometimes just giving him the ball and letting him bring it up. Everybody played solidly as a team and as the second half wore on it became more of a game as they scrambled and tried to trap us. The one good thing was I challenged those guys, I said 19 turnovers is too many, but let me see you finish the game without a turnover so I applaud those guys. This stuff matters. You're working against pressure, at times we had five freshmen on the floor, but the best thing for them is to experience that and I'm sure we're going to experience it a lot."
Virginia's next game is Monday at JPJA against Lamar.
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