St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (WWBT)- Virginia senior forward Mike Scott scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to a 49-35 victory over Drexel at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam on Saturday. The double-double was the 25th of Scott's career and moves him into a tie for fifth place on Virginia's career double-doubles list.
The Cavaliers never trailed in the game and the win improves Virginia's record to 3-1 on the season. Drexel is now 1-2.
The 35 points are the fewest allowed by a Tony Bennett coached Virginia team and the fewest the Cavaliers have allowed since defeating UMBC 57-34 on Dec. 21, 1996.
Sophomore guard Joe Harris added 12 points for the Cavaliers and senior guard Sammy Zeglinski scored eight points.
A 16-2 run late in the first half gave Virginia a 28-12 lead with 34 seconds remaining before halftime. Scott and Zeglinski each scored six points for the Cavaliers in that run. UVa led 28-14 at halftime behind 11 first-half points by Scott.
Tony Bennett would see his offense struggle out of the gate in the second half. Virginia scored only three points in just short of the first 14 minutes of the second half, but somehow still led 31-25.
A 7-0 run late in the game gave the Cavaliers a 45-31 lead with 52 seconds to play and 14 points was their final margin of victory. Scott scored five of UVa's seven points in that run and he combined with Harris to score 17 of Virginia's 21 points in the second half. Harris scored seven consecutive points for UVa in a 2:19 stretch that ended with the Cavaliers' leading 40-31 with 3:08 to play.
Virginia was 11-12 from the free-throw line in the last 3:08 of the game.
Virginia shot 35.9 percent (14-39) from the field for the game, including 25.0 percent (3-12) from three-point range, and 85.7 percent (18-21) from the free throw line.
As part of its 25.9 percent field goal percentage for the game, Drexel shot 14.3 percent (3-21) from three-point range. The Dragons made 66.7 percent (4-6) of their free throws.
Drexel out-rebounded Virginia 37-31, but the Dragons turned the ball over 14 times compared to just eight turnovers for the Cavaliers.
Virginia is now 3-1 on the young season and will play its final game in the 2011 Paradise Jam on Monday afternoon when the Cavaliers face Drake in the fifth place game. Tip-off is set for 3:30 pm ET.