Nov. 5, 1997

Virginia Edges Court Authority in Exhibition Game

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va - The University of Virginia men's basketball team rallied from a 10 point deficit with under 12 minutes to play and the Cavaliers defeated Court Authority 74-72 at University Hall.

Virginia received solid contributions from returning lettermen Curtis Staples, Norman Nolan and Willie Dersch as they combined for 61 of Virginia's 74 points. Staples led the Cavaliers in scoring with 23 points and added six rebounds. He was a perfect six for six at the free throw line and connected on five of ten three point attempts. Dersch was red hot from the floor as he made eight of 11 shots, including two of three from behind the arc, and scored 20 points. He also had seven rebounds. Nolan added 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

The game was a back and forth battle, as both teams traded leads throughout the contest. Trailing 40-37 with 5.8 seconds left in the first half, Dersch knocked down a three pointer to send the Cavaliers into the half tied at 40.

Court Authority rode the hot shooting of Kendrick Warren, who finished with 27 points. Warren hit a 19 foot jumper to give Court Authority a 57-47 lead with 11:52 remaining. Virginia made a run and eventually regained the lead at 65-64 on Staples' three-pointer with 5:27 to go.

On Court Authority's next possession, Kenny Harris knocked down two of his eight points to give Court Authority its last lead with 5:09 to play.

The Cavaliers broke a 70-70 tie when Chase Metheney made one of two free throws with 1:06 remaining.

Leading by one with 9.1 seconds to play, Nolan sank a free throw to give Virginia a two point lead. Harris put up a last second three-point shot for Court Authority that bounced off the rim as time expired, securing the Cavaliers' win.

The Cavaliers return to action on Sunday (Nov. 9) when they host the Australian National Team at 2:00 p.m. in University Hall.