Hot Shooting Virginia Downs Howard
Charlottesville, VA—January 4—The University of Virginia used a blistering three-point shooting barrage, that included a blistering 64 percent from beyond the arc to shoot down Howard, 84-63 in a non-conference men's game at John Paul Jones Arena.
Most of the damage was inflicted by Mustapha Farrakhan, who poured in a career-high 31 points on 8 of 9 shooting from long range. Joe Harris also got into the frenzy, coming off the bench to tally 16 points on 5 of 6 from the three-point line.
The Bison (2-11) had their best shooting performance of the season, connecting on 53 percent from the field overall, and a better than respectable 47 percent from the beyond the arc.
The Bison came out strong and played spirited basketball, leading by as many as six until the Cavaliers (10-5) closed the half with a 19-6 run to take a 45-32 lead to the locker room. Mustapha led the way for UVA with 18 on 6 of 6 from the field.
Collins (12) and Phillips (10) combined for 22 of the Bison's points, but again the Howard bench failed to produce as the Cavaliers held a 17-2 advantage.
Mustapha and Harris continued their assault in the second half and the Bison were not able to keep up. To their credit, the Bison were once able to cut a 16-point deficit to nine, but UVA went on another one of their three-point barrages to put the game away.
NEXT UP: The Bison travel to Baltimore, MD to take on the Bears of Morgan State on Saturday at 4 pm while the Cavaliers will host the Tarheels of Chapel Hill on Saturday at 12 noon.
GAME NOTES: UVA got 28 points off 18 Howard turnovers and a 30-2 bench advantage…Howard won the second chance battle, 12-7…the Bison starters each played over 32 minutes.