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Virginia 73, Virginia Tech 55

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Joe Harris scored a career-high 26 points to lead Virginia to a 73-55 rout of Virginia Tech at John Paul Jones Arena on Tuesday night.

Harris hit a season-high five 3-pointers while topping his previous career high of 24 points, set two years ago at Minnesota. The Cavaliers swept the season series from their in-state rivals for the second time in the last three seasons.

Akil Mitchell added 17 points and eight rebounds for Virginia (18-6, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Virginia Tech's Erick Green, the nation's leading scorer, finished with 22 points, but he had to work hard to get there. He missed his first nine shots and didn't hit his first field goal until 16:26 remained in the game. He scored all but one of his points in the second half, finishing 4-for-17 from the field.

Hokies freshman Marshall Wood, who had hit just two field goals in his first six games back from a broken bone in a left foot, scored eight points, all in the first half.

Virginia won for the seventh time in the past eight games. Virginia Tech (11-13, 2-9) lost its seventh straight, continuing its longest losing streak since the 2001-02 season.

The Cavaliers quickly built upon a 13-point halftime lead to squash any chance of a Hokies comeback. After Virginia Tech's Cadarian Raines opened the second half with a basket, the Cavaliers scored the next six points on a Harris three-point play and a Paul Jesperson 3-pointer to take a 43-25 lead with 16:46 left.

Green finally hit his first basket, a 3-pointer, and scored 11 consecutive Virginia Tech points to help the Hokies get within 47-36 with 14:38 left. However, the Cavaliers scored the next five points to regain control, and they cruised from there.

Virginia rode the hot shooting of Harris to an early lead. Harris, the ACC's top 3-point shooter, knocked down his first three looks from long range, giving Virginia a 9-5 edge four minutes in. The Hokies hung around despite not getting much from Green, the nation's top scorer.

Green scored just one point in the first half and missed all seven of his field-goal attempts, but the Hokies got five first-half points each from Wood and reserve guard Marquis Rankin to remain in the game.

Virginia ripped off a 12-0 run capped by two more Harris 3s to take control late in the half. Wood finally stopped the run with a 3-pointer from the left corner with 3:02 left, cutting the Cavaliers' lead to 33-23. Harris scored 17 in the first half as Virginia took a 36-23 lead into the break.

NOTES: Entering the game, Harris was the only player in the ACC ranked in the top 10 in 3-point field-goal percentage (first), field-goal percentage (seventh) and free-throw percentage (ninth). ... Virginia Tech wing Jarell Eddie, who sat out the final 17-plus minutes against Georgia Tech on Saturday after an on-court tantrum, was not in the starting lineup Tuesday. Walk-on Will Johnston made his first career start. Both players finished with three points. ... Green entered the game averaging 25.3 points per game, which would be the third best scoring average in school history, behind Bimbo Coles (26.6) and Bob Ayersman (26.5).
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