It wasn't the kind of game Virginia Coach Pete Gillen wanted, but he'll take the Cavaliers' 80-64 victory yesterday over his old team, Providence.
Gillen called the game a "lose-lose" situation, saying he felt uncomfortable going against the team he led two seasons ago. Donald Hand scored 26 points for Virginia, which lost its first-round game at the Puerto Rico Shootout in Bayamon, 73-71, to South Carolina on Thursday.
The Cavaliers (3-1) advanced to today's fifth-place game against Arizona State, a 103-62 winner over American University at Puerto Rico. Providence (1-3) will play for seventh against American University at Puerto Rico.
Hand helped the Cavaliers break open a tight game, scoring 11 of his 14 first-half points in the final three minutes. His two straight three-pointers gave Virginia a 37-30 lead at halftime.
Hand kept it up in the second half with a tip-in, two free throws and a three-point play as the lead grew to 66-47. The Friars never got closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Travis Watson added 15 points, all in the second half, and 14 rebounds for Virginia. Erron Maxey scored 14 points for Providence.
Providence Coach Tim Welsh continually beefed at the officials, angrily arguing some decisions. The Friars were called for 13 fouls in the first half; Virginia, only seven.
Welsh was so frustrated at one second-half foul call, which led to a three-point play by Virginia's Watson, he kicked over a large plastic trash can filled with ice and water cups.
* GEORGE MASON 65, MOUNT ST. MARY'S 58: In Fairfax, Jen Surlas scored a team-high 15 points and Trish Halpin added 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead George Mason in the Patriot Thanksgiving Classic. The Patriots (2-1) will face Alabama-Birmingham, a 73-62 winner over Akron, in today's tournament final.
George Mason jumped out to an 11-2 lead and led by as many as 18 points in the second half.
Earlier, three Blazers scored in double figures as UAB broke away in the second half. Deanna Jackson collected 20 points, five blocked shots and nine rebounds to pace the Blazers (2-1).
* VIRGINIA TECH 63, S. UTAH 55: In Eugene, Ore., Tere Williams scored 18 points as No. 21 Virginia Tech defeated Southern Utah in a first-round game of the Pepsi Shootout. Crystal Starling added 16 points for Virginia Tech (2-1), which shot 52 percent from the field.
Virginia Tech will play today in the tournament final against 16th-ranked Oregon, a 77-42 winner over Howard (0-2). Shaquala Williams scored 19 to lead Oregon (2-0).
* VIRGINIA 100, GRAMBLING ST. 79: Five Cavaliers scored in double figures as Virginia (1-1) won in the first round of the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu.
Guard Erin Stovall led the way with 21 points, while Schuye LaRue and Svetlana Volnaya each contributed 12 points.
The Cavaliers held the Tigers (1-1) to 29 percent shooting and outrebounded them, 60-47. Virginia will face Texas, a 75-44 winner over Long Beach State, today in the second round.
* G. WASHINGTON 94, C. MICHIGAN 62: Five Colonials reached double figures as George Washington routed the Chippewas in the opening game of the SMU Hoops for the Cure tournament in Dallas.
George Washington (2-1) will play Southern Methodist, a 93-59 winner over Texas Southern, in today's final.
Senior guard Elisa Aguilar was 5 for 9 on three-point attempts and led the Colonials with 19 points. Petra Dubovcova added 11 points and Marlo Egleston, Starr Jefferson and Kristeena Alexander scored 10 apiece.