No. 6 Virginia men's basketball started its 2015-2016 season on a winning note. The Cavaliers blew past Morgan State on Friday night, beating the Bears 86-48.
UVA's pack line was in full force early with the Cavaliers forcing its first turnover with just 12 seconds played in the game, however, the offense struggled to get going. Tony Bennett's team was shooting 8 percent from the floor for the first ten minutes, allowing the Bears to hang around and bring the game within two. With 8 minutes to go in the first half, Mike Tobey picked up back-to-back buckets to spur on a 8-0 run by the 'Hoos and in under two minutes, Virginia made it into a 10 point game.
On a play that capsulated the new pace for the 'Hoos, Darius Thompson alley-oop dunk after a block and a superb pass from Devon Hall sent the Cavs into the locker room ahead 40-23. UVA finished the half shooting just over 34 percent.
The offensive struggles did not last long in the second half. Virginia began the half on a 17-0 run shooting 7-of-8 from the field, while keeping Morgan State off the board for 5:38. The Cavs finished the second half shooting 66.7 percent-which included a few minutes where the Green Machine (the UVA walk-ons) was sent in.
The 'Hoos finished with four players ending with double digits. Mike Tobey led the way with 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Anthony Gill added 12 points and 7 rebounds, Thompson 12 points and Hall 13 points. The Cavs also out rebounded the Bears 50-21 in the win.
Virginia will now hit the road on Monday, when it faces George Washington.
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