Virginia 76, Loyola Marymount 68
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Elton Brown and Derrick Byars scored 21 points apiece to help Virginia remain unbeaten with a 76-68 victory over Loyola Marymount Friday night.
Virginia (7-0) is off to its best start since the 2001-2002 squad began the season 9-0.
Brown made five of his six field goal attempts in the second half, and Byars was 8-for-10 from the field, making four of his five shots in each half.
Virginia broke open a close game with a 17-3 run in the second half to take a 67-64 lead.
Loyola Marymount fell to 6-3, but is still off to its best start since the Lions opened 8-1 in 1995-96 en route to an 18-11 season, the last year they had a winning record.
Sherman Gay led Loyola Marymount with 21 points, 15 of them in the first half.
Virginia out-rebounded Loyola Marymount 48-39. Freshman guard Gary Forbes pulled down 12 for the Cavaliers and Brown added 10.
Virginia scored the first nine points of the game, but the Lions led at halftime 39-35.
The game was the first ever between the two schools