Cavaliers Back in Action Tuesday Night Against Winthrop at JPJA

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CHARLOTTESVILLE-The Virginia men's basketball team is back in action on Tuesday (Nov. 15) when the Cavaliers host Winthrop at John Paul Jones Arena. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Single-game tickets for the Virginia-Winthrop game are available and can be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased on game day at the JPJA box office starting at 5:30 p.m.

The game will be broadcast by the Virginia Sports Radio Network and televised by the Regional Sports Networks (CSN+ channel 8 on Comcast Cable in Charlottesville).

UVa opened its 2011-12 season with a 75-38 victory over South Carolina State Sunday afternoon (Nov. 13) at John Paul Jones Arena. The 37-point victory is the largest margin of victory in the Tony Bennett era.  

Sophomore guards KT Harrell and Joe Harris each scored 13 points and senior forward Mike Scott had 15 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to their 14th consecutive season-opening victory.

Harris, who also had six rebounds and four assists, scored 11 of his points and Scott had 12 of his rebounds in the first half as the Cavaliers took a 33-18 halftime lead.

South Carolina State senior forward Omar Sanders scored the first basket of the second half before Virginia scored 24 consecutive points to take a commanding 57-20 lead with 13:01 left to play in the game. Harrell made three three-pointers during the UVa run.

Among the players making their collegiate debuts for Virginia were freshman guard Malcolm Brogdon and redshirt freshman forward James Johnson. Brogdon scored nine points and had four assists for the Cavaliers, while Johnson scored six points and had three rebounds.

Scott, junior guard Jontel Evans and sophomore forward Akil Mitchell each scored eight points for UVa.

Virginia out-rebounded South Carolina State 44-29 and held the Bulldogs to 25.5 percent (13-51) shooting from the field. UVa shot 49.0 percent (25-51) from the field, including 42.1 percent (8-19) from three-point range, and 73.9 percent (17-23) from the free-throw line.

Virginia's game with Winthrop on Tuesday will be the third in the series between the two teams. UVa won the first two games at University Hall. The Cavaliers defeated the Eagles 93-47 during the 1990-91 season and 92-68 during the 1992-93 season.  

Winthrop, a member of the Big South Conference, opened its season with a 71-59 loss at home to Eastern Kentucky on Saturday (Nov. 12). Senior center Matt Morgan scored 14 points and had eight rebounds to lead the Eagles. Senior guard Andre Jones scored 13 points, had five rebounds and five assists, and senior forward George Valentine had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Randy Peele is in his fifth season as head coach of the Eagles.

After the game with Winthrop the next competition for Virginia is in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Cavaliers play TCU in the U.S. Virginia Islands Paradise Jam on Friday (Nov. 18). The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Eastern time.