Nov. 27, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Eight of Virginia's first nine field goals came from the three-point line against Northwestern on Tuesday night, leading to a 94-52 victory in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
Northwestern (1-4) shot 44 percent in the first half but made only 11 field goals. Freshman Michael Thompson (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park) led the way for the Wildcats with nine points in the first half, 14 overall on the game. Virginia (6-1), conversely, had 12 3-pointers as Mamadi Diane and Calvin Baker combined to go 9-10 from the floor with 27 points. The duo helped UVA to a 54-29 lead at the break.
Jason Okrzesik opened the second half on fire attempting to lead the 'Cats back and scored 12 points to go along with his two rebounds and a steal. Overall on the game, the Wildcats shot 35.7 percent, while the Cavaliers made almost 52 percent of their shots.
The tone was set very early, after Virginia fell behind 4-3. Adrian Joseph gave the Cavs the lead with a 3-pointer, and Jamil Tucker followed with another. Following a 3 by Thompson, Sean Singletary and Diane both made one for the Cavaliers.
Before the Wildcats scored again, Baker hit a 3-pointer and the Cavaliers' first 2-point basket, Joseph hit his second 3-pointer and Baker's second made it 26-11.
Virginia then snuffed out Northwestern's comeback attempt after the break, starting the second half on a 9-2 run capped by another 3-pointer by Diane.
Craig Moore grabbed a team-high six rebounds and Mike Capocci snagged five of the 'Cats 28. Both Moore and Thompson added two three-pointers, as well, and held the Cavs to a 4-of-12 performance from beyond the arc in the second half.
The loss marked NU's first in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge since 2005 as it beat Miami in last year's Challenge. The victory, meanwhile, gave the Cavaliers a 5-3 record in the annual matchup with the Big Ten and a 12-game win streak at John Paul Jones Arena.
NU makes its fourth-straight appearance for a national audience at 11 a.m. on Saturday when it takes on Savannah State at Welsh-Ryan Arena.