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Mike Tobey Plays Big For UVA

Posted: Updated: Dec 31, 2012 10:58 PM EST

The Virginia men's basketball team won its last non-conference game of the season, and improved to 10-3 on the year, with a 74-39 win over Wofford Sunday.

UVA center Mike Tobey provided a big spark for the 'Hoos in the victory.

The 6-foot-11 freshman came off the bench to score 19-points and grab six rebounds, both career highs.

He made 9-of-10 shots from the field, and played a career-high 27-minutes.

Head coach Tony Bennett says Tobey has the offensive game to be an impact player for the Cavaliers.

"Mike showed his nice touch," says Bennett. "He really has nice touch. It's just a matter of time, as his strength comes, and his experience, he'll get better. But he can score, and he has some skill."

Junior forward Akil Mitchell says, "Wofford had a smaller team, so we were looking for him a lot offensively, just to use his size. Once he got it going, with a couple of easy baskets here and there, his jump shot was turned on. Once he gets it going, he gets it going. He can really score the ball."

Bennett says Tobey can really influence the game when the freshman's defense catches up to his offense.

"When he's alert and active, it makes a difference, and then his size comes into play," says Bennett. "You can play him around the lane, but he can also play outside, so it's nice to see that."

Junior Joe Harris adds, "We all know how talented Tobey is offensively. We see it in practice pretty often. Sometimes defense is what might limit him from getting on the floor, but night's like tonight, we know that Tobey is capable of doing that at any time."

UVA will host North Carolina Sunday at 8pm at John Paul Jones Arena.

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