Archive for Wednesday, December 20, 2000

No. 14 Cavs stun No. 4 Vols

Virginia remains unbeaten with 107-89 rout

December 20, 2000

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— Not even coach Pete Gillen knew No. 14 Virginia was this good.

Stephane Dondon scored 11 of his 16 points in a game-breaking first-half run and Virginia embarrassed No. 4 Tennessee 107-89 in the battle of the unbeatens that opened the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night.

"I never dreamed we'd beat a team like Tennessee by that score," Gillen said after his team's second-best offensive night of the season.

The 107 points were the most given up by Tennessee in a non-overtime game since Shaquille O'Neal and LSU put a 119-87 pounding on the Vols on Feb. 23, 1991.

"We came here to see and be seen, and we didn't do well," Tennessee coach Jerry Green said. "There is tomorrow and then we go to Syracuse and then maybe we'll find out something more about ourselves."

The Cavaliers (7-0) used a balanced scoring attack, 3-point shooting and a pressing defense to continue their best start since opening the 1992-93 season with 11 straight wins.

Donald Hand, a Paterson native, had 21 points and nine assists in his return to New Jersey, while Roger Mason Jr. added 18. Keith Friel, who shook off a first-half injury to his left knee, had 16.

The Cavaliers were 31-of-67 from the field (48.5 percent), including 10-of-18 from 3-point range. They also forced 19 turnovers, although the official count seemed well short.

"We were playing this game for respect," Dondon said. "We didn't get much of that last year, and we want people to know we are going to be around this year and that we are going to keep getting better."

No. 1 Duke 97,

Portland 64

Portland, Ore. Carlos Boozer made all 11 of his shots for 22 points, and Mike Dunleavy Jr. added 18 in his homecoming as Duke routed the University of Portland.

No. 2 Michigan State 72, No. 8 Seton Hall 57

East Rutherford, N.J. Point guard Charlie Bell had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Michigan State dominated the boards against Seton Hall in the Jimmy V Classic. The defending national champions improved to 9-0, and extended the nation's longest winning streak to 20 games.

No. 7 Florida 106, Bethune Cookman 64

Gainesville, Fla. Brent Wright scored a career-high 26 points as Florida beat outmanned Bethune-Cookman.

No. 19 Iowa 72, Centenary 52

Iowa City, Iowa Dean Oliver scored 16 points as Iowa overcame the loss of leading scorer Luke Recker to beat Centenary. Recker missed the game because of tendinitis in his right knee.

No. 21 Notre Dame 99, Canisius 71

South Bend, Ind. Troy Murphy broke out of a three-game slump, scoring 29 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

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