By: Darrell Owens
Headline Photo Credit: Darrell Owens-LMS Network
The Virginia Cavaliers came into game 3 of their college basketball season in a little shock after a 61-60 defeat to the San Francisco Dons in the Homelight Classic at Bubbleville (Mohegan Sun Arena). With a record of 1-1, the Cavaliers hosted, the Red Flash of St. Francis (PA) look for a bounce-back performance after falling to #15 in the polls after being ranked in the Top 5 before the loss. Virginia would show what a top-tier team in the country should do versus lesser caliber teams.
The first half was a well-balanced attack on both ends of the floor. Virginia caused 9 turnovers and shot 66.7% from the floor going 18-27 in the process. UVA’s Jay Huff lead all scorers in the first half with 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Tomas Woldetensae scored 8 for the Cavs, knocking down two from behind the arch. Virginia held St. Francis to 13 points in the half to hold a commanding 45-13 lead.
Second half we got to see the majority of the team hit the floor, giving the younger talent a chance to get much needed time and experience. Virginia goes on to win this one 76-51, lead by Jay Huff’s 13 points. Freshman Kadin Shedrick (Raleigh, NC) scored 12 points and snagged 8 rebs in his home debut. Senior Sam Hauser had 11 points & 6 rebounds.
This was a good all-around performance for the Cavs. Coach Bennett said this about the team’s performance after the game.
“This team has to continue to find the ability to battle and keep being better and better as the competition goes up.”
The Cavaliers will continues to grow as a team and the next test comes Friday, Dec 4 at 6 pm vs. Kent State.