Fairfield vs Virginia

Virginia 54, Fairfield 45

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Joe Harris scored nine of his 15 points in the opening minutes of the second half Monday night and Virginia rallied to beat Fairfield 54-45 in the NIT Season Tip-off.

Akil Mitchell had 12 points and Evan Nolte added 11 for the Cavaliers (1-1), who will play in the second round Tuesday night.

Josip Mikulic scored 13 points and Derek Needham and Desmond Wade had 10 each for Fairfield (1-1). The Stags scored only 15 points in the second half, making just 5 of 24 shots. In the first half, they were 12 for 23 with six 3-pointers, including three in as many tries by the 7-foot Mikulic.

Harris scored nine of the Cavaliers' first 11 points in the second half, including a 15-foot jumper with 17 minutes left that gave them their first lead at 33-32.

Virginia stretched its margin to 42-37 as the Stags went 5 1/2 minutes without a point, but Desmond Wade made a pair of free throws for Fairfield and Colin Nickerson followed several Cavaliers' misses with a layup at the other end, making it a one-point game with 8:45 to go. Fairfield added just two field goals the rest of the way.

Virginia was playing its second game without starting point guard and team captain Jontel Evans and backup point guard Malcolm Brogdon, both of whom are recovering from surgeries. Coach Tony Bennett used several players at the point, but Harris was in charge in the closing moments.

He fed Mitchell for a basket with 4:08 to play that gave Virginia a 51-45 lead, and after neither team scored for more than a minute, Harris' 10-foot jumper stretched the lead to eight and the Cavaliers were never challenged again.

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Fairfield Stags
J. Mikulic, F315-70-070413
M. Barrow, F291-70-01032
K. Matthews, F221-32-24024
D. Needham, G374-110-044210
D. Wade, G333-102-264110
C. Nickerson281-30-23132
A. Sidibe112-30-03014
J. Jenkins70-30-00000
M. Gilbert20-00-00000
Totals 17-474-63091645
 36.2%66.7% 
Virginia Cavaliers
A. Mitchell, F334-114-682212
D. Atkins, F90-20-01000
J. Harris, G345-115-673215
P. Jesperson, G292-41-21216
T. Barnette, G180-00-01010
E. Nolte284-62-212011
J. Anderson271-52-45414
M. Tobey163-80-03016
D. Browman60-00-00100
Totals 19-4714-203214854
 40.4%70% 
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Iona17-326-951
Rider15-521-12141
Manhattan13-719-14168
Monmouth13-718-15176
Canisius11-918-15181
Quinnipiac9-1115-15226
St. Peters8-1216-18233
Siena7-1311-20268
Niagara7-138-22285
Fairfield5-157-24299
Marist5-157-25317

ACC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Virginia16-230-47
Duke15-335-46
Notre Dame14-432-616
Louisville12-627-921
N. Carolina11-726-1211
Miami (Fla.)10-825-1365
NC State10-822-1439
Syracuse9-918-1369
Pittsburgh8-1019-1576
Clemson8-1016-15106
Florida St.8-1017-16110
Wake Forest5-1313-19150
Boston College4-1413-19165
Georgia Tech3-1512-19153
Va. Tech2-1611-22228
 
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