Dec. 28, 1997

University Of Virginia Men's Basketball Notes


Virginia Plays Brigham Young in Rainbow Classic

Virginia in the Rainbow Classic: Virginia plays Brigham Young in its second game in the Rainbow Classic Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Monday, Dec. 29, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. The Cavaliers lost to Nebraska 80-65 in the first round of the tournament on Saturday, Dec., 27, and Brigham Young lost to Hawaii 73-53.

Virginia enters Monday's game with an overall record of 6-4, while Brigham Young is now 3-8. Brigham Young has lost its last two games.

Senior forward Norman Nolan scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Virginia's loss to Nebraska. Senior guard Curtis Staples scored 21 points for the Cavaliers. Virginia out-rebounded the Cornhuskers 37-26, but turned the ball over 27 times. Junior guard Tyronn Lue scored 36 points and had seven assists to lead Nebraska. The Cornhuskers shot 53.7 percent from the field for the game (29-54), including 66.7 percent in the second half (18-27).

Ron Selleaze, a 6-6 junior forward/guard, led the Cougars with 16 points in the loss to Hawaii. He has played in just two games after becoming eligible to practice and play after Brigham Young's fall semester. He is averaging 16.0 points and 4.0 rebounds a game in the two games.

Other double figure scorers for the Cougars include 6-9 freshman center Mekeli Wesley and Danny Bower. Wesley is averaging 14.4 points and 5.5 rebounds a game, while Bower is averaging 12.1 points and 3.2 rebounds a game.

The Cougars are coached by Steve Cleveland who is in his first season as head coach at Brigham Young.

The Series With Brigham Young: Virginia leads the series with Brigham Young 2-1. The Cougars won the last game between the two teams, defeating the Cavaliers 61-48 in the first round of the NCAA West Region Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1991.

Virginia's Next Game in the Rainbow: If Virginia defeats Brigham Young on Monday, the Cavaliers play their final game in the Rainbow Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time. If the Cavaliers lose to the Cougars, UVa plays its final game in the Rainbow Classic on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Virginia's Jeff Jones: Jeff Jones is in his eighth year as the head coach of the Virginia men's basketball team. His Virginia teams have compiled an overall record of 141-89 (.613).

Staples 16th on Scoring List: Senior guard Curtis Staples is 16th on Virginia's career scoring list with 1,400 points. Immediately ahead of Staples is Mel Kennedy (1985-88) with 1,415 points, Lee Raker (1978-81) with 1,423 points and Jim Connelly (1965-67) with 1,426 points.

Staples & Nolan Lead Cavaliers: Senior guard Curtis Staples and senior forward Norman Nolan are the only players to lead Virginia in scoring in a game this season. Nolan has been UVa's leading scorer in six games and Staples in four games.

Moving Up ACC List: Senior guard Curtis Staples has 325 three-point field goals in his career after making five three-point shots in Virginia's loss to Nebraska in the first round of the Rainbow Classic. He is UVa's career leader in that department, is third on the Atlantic Coast Conference career list and is 12th on the NCAA's career list for three-point field goals made. Randolph Childress (Wake Forest, 1991, 93-95) is second on the ACC's list with 329 and Dennis Scott (Georgia Tech, 1988-90) is the conference's career leader with 351.