Charlottesville, VA (WWBT)- Expectations are the highest they've ever been during the Tony Bennett era for the Cavalier men's basketball team. Bennett returns several senior leaders, a solid group of experienced players and adds a group of talented young freshmen, all adding up to a fourth place predicted finish in the ACC. Sunday afternoon saw the Wahoos take a successful first step in reaching their goals.
Joe Harris and KT Harrell scored 13 points each, leading Virginia to a 75-38 trouncing of South Carolina State in the Cavaliers' season opener. It marked the largest margin of victory for UVA during Bennett's tenure. The Wahoos started out strong, opening up a 33-18 lead at halftime, and the best was yet to come for the Cavaliers. Harrell got hot in the second, scoring eleven of his 13 points in that frame and sparking a 24-0 run that slammed the door on the opponents.
Mike Scott chipped in eight points and added a game high 15 rebounds. Jontel Evans and Akil Mitchell also scored eight points, and freshman Malcolm Brogdon added nine points.
Senior Sammy Zeglinski sat out Sunday's game with a sprained ankle. That injury is not expected to sideline him for a long period of time and is not considered serious.
Virginia returns to action on Tuesday, as the Cavaliers host Winthrop.