Virginia 79, High Point 64
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va, (AP)—Donte Minter scored 13 points and Derrick Byars 12 to lead a balanced offense and Virginia pulled away from High Point after halftime Sunday, beating the Panthers 79-64.
The Cavaliers (3-0), in their final tuneup before hosting Minnesota in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 3, also got 10 points each from freshman Gary Forbes, Elton Brown and Devin Smith against the Big South school.
The Panthers (1-3) pulled to 46-40 on Danny Gathings’ driving basket with 15:51 left, briefly quieting a sparse University Hall crowd.
Byars answered with a driving hoop and Virginia followed a jumper by Zione White with seven consecutive points to build its lead to 55-42.
Brown scored on the inside, freshman J.R. Reynolds hit a 3-pointer and Minter, another freshman, made two free throws in the burst, which grew into a 23-10 run and allowed the Cavaliers to clear the bench.
High Point also eliminated itself by going 9:02 without a field goal, and trailed 69-50 when White’s 3-pointer fell with 5:31 remaining.
White led High Point with 16 points, Gathings had 15 and 10 rebounds and Jerry Echenique also scored 15. The Panthers shot 31.3 percent.
The smaller Panthers, who also gave Clemson a battle before losing 88-81 on Nov. 24, did most of their scoring inside, constantly whipping the ball around and into the paint for easy baskets against weak defense.
In the second half, though, the Cavaliers’ resistence stiffened, and High Point made only eight field goals in 37 second-half attempts.