Morgan State vs Virginia

Virginia 75, Morgan St. 57

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Akil Mitchell had 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and Virginia overcame sloppy play to beat Morgan State 75-57 on Wednesday night, the Cavaliers' eighth consecutive victory.

Darion Atkins added a career-high 17 points and Joe Harris scored 14 for Virginia (9-2).

DeWayne Jackson scored 32, tying the record for an opponent at John Paul Jones Arena, for the Bears (3-5). The 32 points was also achieved by Clemson's K.C. Rivers and Penn State's Talor Battle.

Virginia led 43-34 when two baskets by Atkins sparked a 12-2 run early in the second half. With Jackson carrying the Bears, they closed within 59-50 with 6:54 to play before Virginia surged again.

A three-point play by Evan Nolte started another 12-2 run for Virginia, and they cruised from there.

Paul Jesperson hit his third 3-pointer of the night in the burst and scored a career-high 11 for the Cavaliers, who overcame nine second-half turnovers. They also outrebounded the Bears 39-21.

Virginia led 14-8 until the Bears went on a Jackson-led, 13-4 run. The senior scored 10 of the points, and hit two of his three first-half 3-pointers in the burst that gave Morgan State a 21-18 lead.

Virginia answered quickly, taking control back with a 15-0 spurt. Paul Jesperson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start it, and freshman Justin Anderson capped with a 3 from deep on the right wing.

Jackson's 19-point first half was the highest scoring first half for an opponent in John Paul Jones Arena history. Four players have scored 17 players in a first half at the arena, which opened in 2006.

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Scoreboard
Morgan State (3-5)282957
Virginia (9-2) «373875

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Morgan State Bears
D. Jackson, F3311-167-700232
T. Heath, F71-20-02012
I. Chiles, C150-22-20032
B. Bozeman, G342-61-14325
A. Hubbard, G301-70-07112
J. Black312-51-23315
S. Duncan314-61-32129
C. Blossom70-10-31010
T. Bailey60-00-00050
D. Pretlow40-00-00010
R. Simpson20-00-00000
Totals 21-4512-182181957
 46.7%66.7% 
Virginia Cavaliers
A. Mitchell, F335-125-8127315
D. Atkins, F258-121-340417
P. Jesperson, G304-50-031211
T. Jones, G230-32-22222
J. Harris, G213-46-923214
J. Anderson221-52-22105
T. Barnette190-20-23200
E. Nolte142-51-11135
M. Tobey102-52-23106
D. Browman20-00-01010
T. Rogers10-10-00000
Totals 25-5419-2939181775
 46.3%65.5% 
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N.C. Central13-325-9202
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Morgan St.11-514-16326
Hampton11-514-17284
Savannah St.10-613-16279
Md.-E. Shore9-714-20278
S.C. State7-911-20302
Delaware St.7-910-22332
Coppin St.7-98-24336
Beth.-Cook.6-1010-22346
Howard5-1110-24338
Florida A&M5-117-23349
N.C. A&T1-153-29350

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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N. Carolina14-433-75
Florida St.12-626-914
Louisville12-625-97
Notre Dame12-626-1023
Duke11-728-96
Virginia11-723-1118
Va. Tech10-822-1148
Miami (Fla.)10-821-1242
Syracuse10-819-1584
Wake Forest9-919-1439
Georgia Tech8-1021-16106
Clemson6-1217-1668
Pittsburgh4-1416-1774
NC State4-1415-17141
Boston College2-169-23219
 
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