CHARLOTTESVILLE, DEC. 1 -- Winthrop found out tonight what many Virginia opponents stand to learn as this season unfolds. The Cavaliers' new up-tempo offense still consists primarily of a lot of Bryant Stith.
Stith, who was held to four first-half points in Virginia's 60-55 loss to New Orleans here Friday, responded with 17 tonight, as the 16th-ranked Cavaliers walloped Winthrop, 93-47, giving Jeff Jones his first University Hall victory as head coach, albeit a day later than he wanted.
Stith, who averaged 27 points in Virginia's three games at the Great Alaska Shootout, left the game two minutes into the second half with the rest of Virginia's starting lineup.
Virginia (3-2) stormed out to a 13-6 lead, Jones inserting a lineup consisting of his bottom five scholarship players. Thirteen Cavaliers saw action in the first half as Virginia built a 48-23 lead at the intermission.
Jones played every scholarship player and two walk-ons, including freshmen Cornel Parker, Corey Stewart and Derrick Johnson, who were suspended for the New Orleans game for violating an unspecified team rule.
"We needed this one," said Jones, whose team meets Pittsburgh Monday night in Richmond in the ACC-Big East Challenge. "In this kind of game, it's hard to tell what we've accomplished, but getting the victory after last night's embarrassment was important."
Players met Friday night after the surprise loss to New Orleans. Jones did not rant or rave, but left the players to discuss the defeat by themselves.
"A lot of us were angry and it was evident tonight that we were all on the same wavelength," said point guard John Crotty, who finished with 13 points and five assists tonight.
The Cavaliers, who converted just seven of their first 24 shots against New Orleans, made 17 of their first 33 tonight.
Winthrop (0-3) provided what few Virginia opponents will this year -- a smaller lineup. Virginia center Ted Jeffries scored a season-high 10 points; power forward Kenny Turner added nine in 18 minutes. Freshman LaShawn Coulter led Winthrop with 17.