Virginia vs. Oregon: Mike Scott leads Cavaliers to road win


Virginia's Akil Mitchell grabs a rebound in front of Oregon's Olu Ashaolu during their game in Eugene, Ore. (Kevin Clark/AP)
December 18, 2011

Mike Scott had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Virginia overcame a sluggish first half to defeat Oregon, 67-54, on Sunday in Eugene, Ore.

Joe Harris added 15 points for the Cavaliers (9-1).

Devoe Joseph scored 16 to lead the Ducks (6-3), who lost at home for the first time in six games.

Virginia trailed at halftime, 30-28, for the only the second time this season. It was the most points allowed by the Cavaliers in the first half.

“I thought our transition defense stunk in the first half,” said Virginia Coach Tony Bennett, who improved to 8-2 against Oregon dating back to his years at Washington State. “And then we recommitted to it in the second half. They’re good in transition. It was almost like we had to recalibrate.”

The Cavaliers improved on both ends of the court after the intermission. Scott scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half and Virginia shot 54.2 percent from the field after hitting only 38.7 percent of its shots before the break.

Virginia also went 11 for 13 from the free throw line in the second half after not taking an attempt before the break.

After Oregon went up 32-28 in the opening minute of the second half, the Cavaliers went on a 7-0 run, led by four points and an assist from Jontel Evans, to take a lead they wouldn’t lose.

Howard women beat Wake

Howard overcame a 21-point, second-half deficit and pulled out a 63-59 victory in overtime against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. It was the fourth straight win for the Bison, who improved to 5-5.

Howard junior Saadia Doyle, who had just nine points at halftime, scored 19 of her team’s final 38 points and finished with a season-high 28.

VIRGINIA 92, RADFORD 43: Five Cavaliers scored in double figures as host Virginia improved to 9-2, the team’s best start since it began the 2008-09 season 14-2.

LOYOLA (MD.) 70, GEORGE WASHINGTON 62: The Colonials (5-5) pulled within three points of the lead twice in the final minute but fell at Smith Center.

CENTRAL FLORIDA 41, VIRGINIA TECH 32: Alyssa Fenyn led the Hokies (3-7) with 10 points, but their late rally fell short in Orlando.

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