Iowa State 60, Virginia 47: Three up, three down
With Virginia's 60-47 loss to Iowa State on Thursday night, the Cavaliers now have dropped consecutive games and have not score more than 60 points in their past three contests.
But the biggest news -- and most discouraging news, if you're a Virginia fan -- to come out of last night's game was that senior forward Mike Scott, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, has suffered a significant setback in his recovery from arthroscopic ankle surgery. Scott did not play Thursday night, and it is unclear when he'll be healthy enough to return to the court.
"It's unfortunate," Coach Tony Bennett told reporters after the game. "I know he's discouraged. Certainly I am. But I think we've just got to really take a good look (at Scott's ankle), and we're certainly not going to put him in harm's way."
Junior guard Sammy Zeglinski, who underwent preseason knee surgery, was limited to 13 minutes off the bench. He has played in six games since returning from the injury. Senior forward Will Sherrill played for the first time since fracturing the fibula in his right leg at Minnesota on Nov. 29. He finished with four points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes.
1) Will Regan. With Scott out and Sherrill not back to full strength, Virginia once again was dealing with a depleted frontcourt. Regan shot 3 for 4 from the field and recorded seven points in 18 minutes off the bench. No, those aren't mind-blowing numbers. But Regan had been struggling, and it was good for him to gather some positive momentum. And besides, he was the only Virginia player Thursday night that made more than half of his shot attempts from the field.
2) Sherrill. After sitting out five games with a leg injury, Sherrill returned and tallied a career-high nine rebounds. In fact, despite being without Scott, the team's leading rebounder, the Cavaliers won the battle of the boards, 38-37.
3) Virginia didn't lose by 43. The game was ugly, but it could have been much worse.
1) Shooting percentages. Since defeating Virginia Tech on the road Dec. 5, the Cavaliers have shot better than 36 percent from the field once in five games. They shot 27.7 percent from the field against Radford, 35.2 percent against Norfolk State, 30.2 percent against Seattle and 32.3 percent against Iowa State. Yikes. Of late, Virginia has not fared any better beyond the three-point arc. The Cavaliers have shot a combined 5 for 44 (11.4 percent) from three-point range in their past two games, including a 3 for 24 performance against Iowa State.
2) Joe Harris. The freshman guard had been one of Virginia's most consistent players not too long ago. But lately, Harris has been stuck in a slump. This was somewhat inevitable, as all freshmen have their struggles. This, apparently, is one of those periods for Harris, who shot 2 for 10 from the field and 0 for 5 from three-point range Thursday. In Virginia's past four games, Harris has shot 28 percent (7 for 25) from the field and made 1 of 12 attempts from three-point range.
3) Offense. Sensing a theme here? For the first time in nearly a decade, Virginia did not have a single player score in double figures. Freshman guard K.T. Harrell led the way with nine points. We mentioned earlier that the Cavaliers have not scored more than 60 points in three straight games. That hadn't previously happened since the 1993-94 season. Virginia scored 15 points in the first half. That marked the lowest point total in a half by a team in John Paul Jones Arena history.
| December 31, 2010; 11:42 AM ET
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