CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia bounced back from a disappointing home loss earlier this week to defeat Seattle 83-43 Saturday afternoon.
The Cavaliers lost 59-53 at home to Delaware on Tuesday in the NIT Season Tip-Off. In that game, Virginia (2-2) managed just 15 first-half points. The Cavaliers had 15 points less than seven minutes into this one against Seattle (1-1).
Seattle led 6-3 on a layup by center Louis Green with 16:58 to play in the opening half. The Cavaliers then went on a 32-5 run over the next 12:12 to take control of the game. Virginia cruised from there in the first of three games in a four-day span.
Virginia shot 56 percent (28 of 50) from the floor. The Cavaliers were shooting 38.5 percent entering the game and had not shot better than 40.4 percent in any of their three games before Saturday.
Virginia was led by freshman center Mike Tobey, who had 17 points off the bench. Tobey was one of a trio of freshmen who scored in double figures. Guard Justin Anderson had 11 points, including a couple of highlight-reel dunks, and forward Evan Nolte added 10 points.
Seattle was held to just 25.4 percent shooting (15 of 59) and had just four assists. The Redhawks made just five of their 19 attempts (26.3 percent) from beyond the arc.
Redhawks forward Deshaun Sunderhaus had a team-high nine points. Guard Sterling Carter had eight points but made just 3 of 15 field goal attempts. Chad Rasmussen came off the bench to score eight points.
Virginia jumped out to a 44-13 halftime lead, holding Seattle to 20 percent shooting (5 for 25). The Redhawks also shot just 11 percent (1 for 9) from three.
Tobey and forward Akil Mitchell each had 10 points to lead the Cavaliers. Virginia made 15 of 29 shots and had 11 assists.
Virginia redshirt freshman point guard Teven Jones saw his first action of the season, which was good news for the Cavaliers considering their injuries at the position. Jones was suspended for the opener against George Mason and missed the last two games with a back injury.
NOTES: Virginia point guard Jontel Evans missed his third game of the season with a foot injury. Evans played three minutes against Delaware on Tuesday in his first action of the season. The Cavaliers were also without guard Malcolm Brogdon, who has missed all four games this season with a foot injury. ... This is the third year in a row these schools have met. Seattle won in Charlottesville 59-53 in 2010. Virginia won 83-77 in Seattle last year.