Virginia 89, Coastal Carolina 74
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)—Elton Brown had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Virginia to an 89-74 victory over Coastal Carolina on Monday night.
Derrick Byars finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Todd Billet added 16 for the Cavaliers (8-0). Freshman Gary Forbes chipped in with 13.
E.J. Gallup led Coastal Carolina (4-5), whose evening was aided by a 10-for-24 effort from behind the arc, with 17.
The Cavaliers extended their nine-point halftime margin with an 11-0 run early in the second half punctuated by a 3-pointer by Gary Forbes that made it 60-45 with 14:35 remaining.
The Chanticleer would get no closer than nine the rest of the way, though their perimeter shooting kept Virginia’s lead from growing too large.
Virginia led 47-38 at intermission as it was able to break upon what had been a nip-and-tuck first 20 minutes.
The Cavaliers finished the half on a 7-0 run in the final minute, which was highlighted by a Billet 3-pointer and then a Billet jumper just before the buzzer.
The opening half featured a total of 12 lead changes. Coastal Carolina led by as many as three on three different occasions.
The Cavaliers’ 60 percent first-half shooting made up for a 1-for-6 performance from the free throw line.