No. 23 Virginia 69, Maryland-Eastern Shore 42

Mike Scott scored 10 of his 17 points during a 12-point spurt

early in the second half and No. 23 Virginia overcame a sluggish

start and beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 69-42 on Tuesday night.

Darion Atkins added 13 points and Joe Harris 10 points for

Virginia, off to an 11-1 start for the first time since the 2000-01

season. The Cavaliers were playing their first game since KT

Harrell and redshirt freshman James Johnson announced on

consecutive days last week they were transferring.

It hardly mattered against the Hawks (3-10), who trailed 30-20

at halftime and saw it quickly get out of hand in the second

half.

Hillary Haley led the Hawks with 11 points.

Haley started the second half with a 3-pointer for UMES, but

Scott hit a 12-foot jumper and then a layup off a feed from Sammy

Zeglinski. After Jontel Evans’ driving layup, Scott had a breakaway

dunk, another basket and a layup after some highlight reel

passing.

On the play, Zeglinski fed Joe Harris, who made a touch pass to

Scott for the easy lay-in, making it 42-23

The big attraction the rest of the game was the play of freshman

Paul Jesperson. Virginia planned to redshirt the sharpshooter from

Merrill, Wis., but no longer has that luxury after losing Harrell,

who had started five games, and Johnson, in the two days before

Christmas.

Jesperson was cheered every time he reported to the scorer’s

table, and drew one of the loudest roars of the night with 10

minutes left when he made a 3-pointer from the right corner off an

inbounds pass. Moments later, he was called for charging on a

driving layup try.

He finished with five points, and walk-on guard Doug Browman

also drew a huge roar when he made a 3-pointer late.

Virginia came out fast, scoring the first nine points. The

Cavaliers also had an 11-5 run late in the first half to open the

30-20 lead.

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