Virginia wins 9th straight with victory over UMES

Charlottesville, VA (WWBT)- On Wednesday, a team posted more than 58 points on the Virginia men's basketball team for the first time this season, and it was not the big name opponent one might expect.  Seattle gave the Wahoos a scare, and UVa looked for an easier time against Maryland- Eastern Shore on Tuesday night.

Virginia opened the game on a 9-0 run, took a ten point lead at the break and opened it up in the second en route to a 69-42 win.  The victory marks Virginia's ninth straight victory and improves the Cavaliers' record to 11-1 on the season.  It marks the first time they've been 11-1 since the 2000-2001 season.  UVa is ranked 23rd in the latest AP Poll, 24th in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Mike Scott scored 17 points and pulled down six rebounds, while freshman Darion Atkins posted a career-high 13 points off the bench, while grabbing seven boards.  Scott is averaging 17.1 points per game, which is good enough for fourth in the ACC.  Joe Harris added ten points and Akil Mitchell tied career-highs with nine points and nine rebounds.

Freshman Paul Jesperson made his first appearance of the season, after seeing Tony Bennett lift his red-shirt.  He scored five points in 15 minutes in his Cavalier debut.  Jesperson was activated following the sudden departure of K.T. Harrell and James Johnson.

Virginia will be back in action on Friday when Towson visits John Paul Jones Arena.

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