FAYETTEVILLE, ARK., DEC. 12 -- The University of Virginia's basketball team shot 31 percent against the University of Arkansas today and got what it deserved: a 66-52 loss.
Arkansas' Razorbacks had been 0-4 against Virginia. But this year's team is favored to win the Southwest Conference title and had won four of its first five games, allowing no opponent to shoot better than 39 percent.
Ron Huery's 15 points and 10 rebounds led Arkansas' statistics, but it was defense that won the game.
"We used a matchup press, something most people mistake for a matchup zone," Coach Nolan Richardson said. "It does give us an opportunity to use our matchup zone, which uses man principles and looks a lot like a man."
Virginia Coach Terry Holland called the loss a learning experience for his Atlantic Coast Conference players, who are 4-2. "Arkansas played a very physical game," he said, "and our team wasn't ready to play that type of game."
After leading by nine, the Razorbacks took a 30-25 lead into the half. Virginia got within 36-32, then the Razorbacks went on a 16-2 run. The Cavaliers tried three-pointers but made only three of 14.VIRGINIA Min FG FT R A PF T Batts 31 2-4 0-0 9 0 2 4 Morgan 35 6-19 4-6 5 1 4 17 Bair 16 0-0 1-2 1 0 3 1
Halftime: Arkansas, 30-25
Three-point goals: Virginia 3-17 (Morgan 1-9, Johnson 2-5, Crotty 0-3); Arkansas 4-10 (Huery 1-3, Scott 2-5
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