Virginia 68, Green Bay 42
Coach Tony Bennett got the best of his alma mater as Virginia –
behind Mike Scott’s 15 points and 10 rebounds and KT Harrell’s 14
points – defeated Green Bay 68-42 Friday night.
Bennett, Green Bay’s all-time leading scorer, was coaching
against the Phoenix for the first time. He helped lead Green Bay to
its first NCAA Tournament in 1991 while playing under his father,
After struggling offensively in the recent Paradise Jam
tournament, Virginia (5-1) came out smoking. The Cavaliers hit 10
of their first 15 shots and jumped out to a 27-7 lead.
Green Bay cut the lead to 33-23 by halftime, but Virginia opened
the second half with a 10-0 run capped by a pair of buckets from
center Assane Sene.
”I challenged them at halftime to regain their defensive edge
and their ability to keep the ball out of the lane,” Bennett said,
”and I think they did a pretty good job of that.
”It hurt Green Bay that (leading scorer) Alec Brown got into
foul trouble because he’s pretty talented.”
Brown finished with only nine points on 3 of 10 shooting in 25
minutes. Keifer Sykes led Green Bay (2-4) with 11 points.
Bennett went with a different starting lineup, inserting senior
Sammy Zeglinski for Harrell in the backcourt. Zeglinski, though,
had to leave the game with 12:03 remaining after he appeared to
aggravate an ankle injury.
X-rays were negative and Bennett said he hoped it was ”very
minor.” Zeglinski said he believes he’s OK.
Virginia shot 51 percent (23 of 45) and held Green Bay to
30-percent shooting (15 of 50).
”I think we got some second-chance points and guys found their
rhythm and got to the paint and did a decent job certainly in
stretches,” Bennett said.
Virginia, which has won five of its first six games, hosts
Michigan in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on Tuesday.
Green Bay opens Horizon League play on Thursday against