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UVA Dunks Mississippi Valley State 67-39

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The Virginia men's basketball team won its 7th game in a row, as the Cavaliers beat Mississippi Valley State 67-39 Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena.

UVA (8-2) held MVSU (0-5) to 19% shooting, and the Delta Dogs' 11 field goals ties the record for the fewest allowed by Virginia (JMU 1983).

Junior Akil Mitchell tied a career high with 20 points, while sophomore Darion Atkins had a personal best 14 points.

Freshman Justin Anderson set new career marks in both scoring and rebounding, with 15 and 9, respectively.

Virginia shot 50% from the field (28-of-56), and the outcome was never in doubt.

Anderson says, "For it to open up a little bit for us to have a little fun, and get some of our guys in like our walk-on's, it was a great experience out there.  I think we did a good job not looking at the face of our opponent but play the game of basketball."

"I honestly didn't think the game would go this way," says Atkin's, "We got so many inside points, it was easy to score around the basket.  Coach Bennett just said keep throwing it inside to me, and that was where our points are going to come from."

Mitchell says, "Who doesn't like scoring?  All players like scoring and if you say you don't then you're lying.  Its fun to get up and down and get some dunks and hit some shots."

The Cavaliers are now off for exams, and don't play again until December 19th at home against Morgan State.

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