UVA Handled St. Francis With Ease

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Austin Nichols scored 11 points in his Virginia debut and the No. 8 Cavaliers beat St. Francis Brooklyn 72-32 on Tuesday night.

The Cavaliers (2-0) held the Terriers scoreless for a stretch of more than 10 minutes in the first half and scored 20 consecutive points to open a 35-11 lead.

The Terriers (0-2) ended the drought on two free throws by Yunus Hopkinson with 7.8 seconds left in the half.

Nichols is a transfer from Memphis who missed Virginia’s two preseason scrimmages and season opener at UNC Greensboro while serving a suspension for violating a team rule. On Tuesday night he scored on an array of shots around the basket. Jarred Reuter added 9 points and London Perrantes. Marial Shayok and Mamadi Diakite each had 8 for Virginia. All 11 scholarship players for the Cavaliers scored and Tony Bennett emptied his bench in the closing minutes.

The Terriers finished 11 for 48 from the field, 22.9 percent.

The Terriers attempted 16 3-pointers in the first half and made just one, which is not the recipe for a team from the Northeast Conference to challenge a ranked or Power Five-level school. Having already lost at N.C. State, they continue an early season gantlet at Providence next Monday.

The early-season indoctrination of youth into coach Tony Bennett’s lineup continued as freshmen Kyle Guy (21 minutes) and Ty Jerome (10) each got significant playing time and Diakite, a redshirt freshman, played 14.

Next, St. Francis travels north to play at Providence next Monday night and Virginia continues a three-game homestand with a visit from Yale on Sunday.

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