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Posted at 9:59 AM ET, 11/24/2010

Early second-half spurt secured Virginia's win over Oklahoma

By Steve Yanda

Oklahoma opened the second half on an 8-1 run Tuesday to cut Virginia’s sizeable halftime lead to eight. After Sooners guard Cade Davis stole the ball from freshman guard Joe Harris just more than three minutes after the intermission and ignited a fast break that eventually concluded with an Oklahoma basket, Cavaliers Coach Tony Bennett called a 30-second timeout in an attempt to disrupt the Sooners’ momentum.

During the two and a half minutes that followed the timeout, Virginia went on a 9-0 run. Oklahoma never again cut the Cavaliers’ lead to single digits. Senior forward Mike Scott scored six of the Cavaliers’ nine points during that spurt, and Harris added a three-pointer.

“Mike said in our huddle, ‘Let’s get our lead back. Let’s not let it slide,’ and I think Will Sherrill, I heard him talking too,” Bennett recalled after Virginia’s 74-56 victory. “I thought we came up with a couple real big defensive possessions after that. They air-balled a shot, and then they got a rebound. We just scrambled.

“We bend, but we don’t break. That’s kind of the idea of our defense, and I thought we were harder to score against. It was just, ‘Let’s gather ourselves, and let’s make them earn it.’ Because we’d had a couple missed assignments in transition and things like that. I was pleased with that response from the guys.”

By Steve Yanda  | November 24, 2010; 9:59 AM ET
Categories:  Men's Basketball  
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