Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 20, 2012

Virginia cruises past Lamar


Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Joe Harris scored 17 points and Paul Jesperson added a career-high nine as Virginia cruised to a 63-44 win over Lamar in NIT Tip-Off consolation action on Monday night.

Stan Brown had 11 points and six rebounds to lead Lamar.

Virginia shot 43.4 percent (22 of 53) and held Lamar to 32.6 percent (15 of 46). The Cava-liers turned 14 Lamar turnovers into 31 points.

Virginia (3-2) exploded out of the gate against the winless Cardinals (0-4).

Jesperson, a sophomore who made just five 3-pointers last season, hit three from behind the arc in the game’s first 6:34 to propel Virginia to a 16-6 lead.

Lamar, which came into the game averaging 24 turnovers, committed five within the first eight minutes.

A Harris basket, off a pretty feed from Darion Atkins following a backdoor cut, gave Virginia a 30-11 lead. The 19-point spread was the Cavaliers’ largest of the half. Virginia took a 32-18 lead into the break.

In the second half, the Cavaliers picked up where they left off. Akil Mitchell had six points of his 10 points during a 14-2 run.

The spurt was capped by a pretty play by Justin Anderson. The freshman stole the ball, made a quick pass to Teven Jones, then slammed home a return lob to the delight of the small but boisterous home crowd.

This evening, before leaving campus on Thanksgiving break, Virginia will take on North Texas, which defeated IUPUI  80-66 in consolation action.

North Texas (3-2) held the Jaguars (2-3) to 37.5 percent shooting and scored 20 fast-break points.

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LAMAR (0-4) — Mitchell 4-8 0-0 8, Wilson 0-4 2-2 2, Brown 3-7 5-6 11,  Minton 1-6 0-0 2, Minor 0-2 0-0 0, Blanks 2-8 2-2 8, Acosta 4-7 2-2 10,  Hancock 1-2 0-0 3, Webb 0-1 0-0 0, Ebomwonyi 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-46 11-12 44.

VIRGINIA (3-2) — Nolte 1-4 0-0 2, Mitchell 2-7 6-6 10, Jesperson 3-6 0-0 9,  Jones 2-5 2-2 6, Harris 7-11 0-0 17, Browman 0-0 0-0 0,  Barnette 1-2 0-0 2, Tobey 3-8 0-0 6, Anderson 2-6 2-2 6,  Rogers 0-0 0-0 0, Atkins 2-4 1-1 5. Totals 23-53 11-11 63.

Halftime—Virginia 32-18. 3-Point Goals—Lamar 3-6 (Blanks 2-4,  Hancock 1-1, Minton 0-1), Virginia 6-16 (Harris 3-5, Jesperson 3-5,  Tobey 0-1, Anderson 0-1, Barnette 0-1, Jones 0-1, Nolte 0-2). Fouled  Out—None. Rebounds—Lamar 28 (Brown, Minton 6), Virginia 29 (Mitchell 8).  Assists—Lamar 8 (Brown, Minton 2), Virginia 12 (Anderson, Harris, Jones,  Mitchell 2). Total Fouls—Lamar 13, Virginia 16. A—1,444.