Arizona outworked out east

Virginia outworked and outplayed Arizona in the Cavaliers' 78-60 win. A physical Virginia squad took advvantage of missed three pointers, points off turnovers, and second chance points.

It was a game whose fate seemed to be sealed up in the first shot.Salim Stoudamire attempted the first Arizona three-point shot a mere 17 seconds into the game and missed. Three of Arizona's first four shots were three point attempts, all misses. Arizona was just 5-24 behind the arc. Virginia took advantage, using the long misses to spark transition buckets.

The Wildcats committed 21 turnovers which Virginia converted into 27 points. The Cav guards harrassed the Wildcat backcourt. Mustafa Shakur and Stoudamire teamed to commit 11 of the Cats' miscues. "They outplayed us in every area you want to talk about," said Lute Olson. "We made a lot of mistakes from out two guard spots."

The statistic which was truly telling was rebounding. Virginia had 32 rebounds, eleven offensively. They repeatedly got second and third chances on the inside. compared to Arizona 26, only 7 offensive. Arizona's failure in this department spelled a bad night for the Cats who could not recover.

"They got a lot of second chance points," Olson said.

Channing Frye led the Cats with 17 points and eleven rebounds, five steals and two blocks but never looked great doing so. He was bumped and bullied by UVA's physical front line and missed a number of easy shots.

Mustafa Shakur had a rough night only scoring five points, with five rebounds, five assists, and five turnovers. He never looked comfortable while being outplayed by freshman Sean Singletary.

Despite the early shooting woes the Wildcats took the early 6-2 lead and things looked good. As cold as Arizona was, the Cavaliers were just as off.

That would change.

A 9-1 UVA outburst put the Cavs up 20-14. Arizona got it within two, but then Virginia ran off a 14-2 run and never really looked back.

Arizona scored the first two points of the second half, but Virginia then rattled off six straight to take a 40-24 lead.

The Wildcats made a series of surges, but could never get within eight. Every time Arizona got the game within single-digits, the Cavs had an answer.

Arizona was within nine late but UVA scored 10 of the last 12 points to close out the contest.

Singletary scored 15 points and had six steals to go along with his eight assists.

It was a disappointing game and now the Cats must look ahead to Michigan as part of the Semifinals in the Preseaon NIT.


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