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Mike Scott better off bench

For the first time this season, Virginia forward Mike Scott came off the bench during Wednesday night's loss to Boston College. The new role was a result of Scott's struggles the past two games, when he was a combined 0 for 13 and failed to score a single point.

"I didn't say much to him," Coach Tony Bennett said. "I just started that lineup and wanted to see how he'd respond."

Scott finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. He made 6 of 8 field goal attempts and played with more confidence than in the previous two games. When asked whether the improved performance was related to the demotion, Scott said it was a "coincidence."

Posed with the same question, Bennett said, "I know he was frustrated with his last couple of games. I think he wanted to help the team. I think he just wanted to play at a higher level and help his team because he was frustrated with the last two games. I wanted to see how he'd respond."

Scott said his confidence his been affected by the poor games. But he did reveal a personal initiative to ensure that he would improve regardless of whether he started or came off the bench.

"I think it's about making shots, getting back on defense and helping the team out," Scott said. "And it's all about confidence."

By Zach Berman  |  March 4, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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