Dec. 22, 1997
|Curtis Staples scored 23 points in Cavs victory. (file photo).|
Virginia Crushes VMI
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Cavaliers (6-3, 0-1 ACC) used a 15-0 run at the beginning of the game to take a 15-2 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Keydets of VMI (4-4) tonight 92-55 in University Hall. Virginia was led by Curtis Staples, who scored 23 points, including shooting five-for-seven from behind the three-point line, as the Cavaliers recorded their highest point total of the 1997-98 season to date. In all, the Cavaliers had four players in double figures, including Staples, Norman Nolan, Willie Dersch, and Monte Marcaccini. Nolan contributed 19 points, while Dersch chipped in a career-high 18 points. Marcaccini recorded 13 points, his high in the Virginia program, including four-of-six from behind the arc. Virginia head coach Jeff Jones commented that "Marcaccini's probably our second-best threat from three-point range."
After VMI scored the opening basket, Virginia scored 15 consecutive points in a five minute span, including six points each from Nolan and Colin Ducharme. The teams traded baskets for the next seven minutes with neither team scoring more than three consecutive points in that span.
With 6:54 remaining in the first half, the Cavaliers put together a 20-5 run that lasted 5:26, highlighted by Dersch's nine points. VMI scored the last five points in the half in the final 1:28, including a three-point shot by Nick Richardson that banked off the glass into the bucket at the buzzer. Virginia led at halftime 53-30 on the strength of 69.2 percent shooting from the field, including six-of-seven from three-point land.
Virginia opened the second half with eight consecutive points to push the margin to 31 at 61-30 behind six of Nolan's 19 points. The Cavaliers would stretch the margin to 38 at 74-36 with 10:41 remaining in the game before the Keydets answered with seven consecutive points of their own to stem the Cavalier run.
Virginia answered the Keydet run with another streak of its own, holding VMI to a single point in the next 3:10 while scoring 12 points. Staples and Dersch each scored five points in this run as the Cavaliers opened up the widest margin of the game at 42 points when Craig McAndrew hit two free throws for an 86-44 lead with 5:46 remaining.
The Cavaliers won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding the Keydets 45-30. Individually the Cavaliers were led by Marcaccini's nine rebounds, while Eric Mann led the Keydets with six boards. Ducharme added four blocks for the Cavaliers and Pete McLaughlin, making his third consecutive start, had six assists for Virginia. Jones was quick to note that "The old adage is if it's not broke, don't fix it. But at this time we haven't made any final decisions about the starting lineup against Nebraska."
The Cavaliers travel tonight to Honolulu, Hawaii, to compete in the Rainbow Classic. Virginia faces Nebraska in the opening round. The game against the Cornhuskers will take place on December 27 at 10:30 pm EST.
Success Won't Change Cavaliers' MentalityMen's Basketball10/27/16Virginia, which reached the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight in 2015-16, was picked to finish third in the ACC this season.Morse Making Seamless Transition at UVAWomen's Soccer10/26/16Midfielder Zoe Morse has played the most of any freshman for No. 8 Virginia, which closes the regular season Thursday night at Louisville.Ellis Thrilled to Back in CoachingWrestling10/24/16The newest member of the Virginia wrestling team's coaching staff is assistant Mark Ellis, who won an NCAA title as a heavyweight at Missouri.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Jeff White: Success Won't Change Cavaliers' Mentality
M. Basketball | 10/27/2016
Virginia, which reached the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight in 2015-16, was picked to finish third ...
Virginia Selected Third at ACC Operation Basketball
M. Basketball | 10/26/2016
UVA was selected third in the preseason poll while senior guard London Perrantes was named to the...
Nichols Named to Malone Award Watch List
M. Basketball | 10/20/2016
Virginia’s Austin Nichols (Collierville, Tenn.) was one of 20 players named to the watch...
Jeff White: Media Day Notebook
M. Basketball | 10/18/2016
Virginia, which reached the Elite Eight in 2015-16, opens the season Nov. 11 against UNC...
Perrantes Named to Cousy Award Watch List
M. Basketball | 10/17/2016
Virginia’s London Perrantes (Los Angeles) was one of 20 players named to the watch list for...
Jeff White: Reuter Ready To Take On Larger Role
M. Basketball | 10/17/2016
A 6-7, 243-pound sophomore from Marion, Mass., Jarred Reuter is competing for a starting spot in ...
On-Sale Dates For Single-Game Tickets Announced
M. Basketball | 10/10/2016
The University of Virginia announced the on-sale dates for single-game tickets for men’s...
Jeff White: Spirit of '76 Unites Basketball Family
M. Basketball | 09/27/2016
At the Virginia men's basketball reunion, the spotlight was on the 1975-76 team and the legacy of...
- Online Stores