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(24) Virginia 48

(5-0, 1-0 away)

Northwestern 44

(1-4, 0-2 home)

    9:30 PM ET, December 1, 2004

    Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois

    1 2 T
    #24UVA 23 2548
    NW 19 2544

    Top Performers

    Virginia: E. Brown 15 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Northwestern: V. Vukusic 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Blk

    Cavs hold fifth straight opponent to 60 or less

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Virginia coach Pete Gillen knew he wouldn't be able to dictate the pace of Wednesday night's game against Northwestern. So he focused on defense instead.

    Facing the Wildcats' patient Princeton-style offense, Gillen had his Cavaliers play a 3-2 zone defense. It worked, barely, as Virginia (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) improved to 5-0 with a 48-44 win.

    "I've been in a parking zone, a trading zone, and the ozone, but I'm not a zone coach," Gillen said. "But you can't prepare for the Princeton offense. They got counters for everything and they're a nightmare to play."

    Elton Brown led the Cavaliers with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Devin Smith added 10 points.

    Brown scored the first eight points of the game for the Cavaliers, who held their fifth straight opponent to 60 points or less.

    "Elton was great, he was our offense in the first half," Gillen said.

    Vedran Vukusic scored 16 points to lead Northwestern (1-4), which is off to its worst start since 1999-2000, when it opened 1-5.

    "Some guys we're counting on just aren't coming through," said Northwestern coach Bill Carmody, who came to the Wildcats from Princeton.

    Neither team played particularly well. Virginia finished with 17 turnovers and shot just 44.4 percent, but Northwestern was worse, making 16 turnovers and shooting 37 percent.

    The Wildcats looked lost at points against the zone, forcing up last-second attempts and missing most of them. Point guard T.J. Parker was 2-of-11, including 2-of-8 on 3-pointers.

    Vukusic tied it at 37 with a 3-pointer with 8:41 left, but the Cavaliers responded with a 7-0 run over the next 3½ minutes. Sean Singletary hit a 3, Jason Clark had a putback and J.R. Reynolds scored on a layup to make it 44-37.

    The Wildcats equaled the run to tie it again at 44 with 2:30 remaining when Vukusic hit a 3-pointer and two free throws.

    But Virginia guard J.R. Reynolds hit a pair of free throws on the next possession and Brown hit one of two free throws with 14 seconds left. Singletary then fouled Parker before he could attempt a 3-pointer, which worked out when Parker missed the front end of a one-and-one.

    Singletary closed it out with another free throw.

    "Everybody stepped up and hit big shots," Brown said.

    Virginia led 23-19 at the half. Northwestern went scoreless for the last 6:40 of the half after taking a 19-15 lead on Parker's 3-pointer.

    The Wildcats missed six shots and committed four turnovers in that span. Brown capped Virginia's 8-0 run with a jumper in the lane.

    "We made a lot of turnovers, we made a lot of mistakes," Gillen said. "But we made enough plays to win."

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UVA
    NW
    Points 48 44
    FG Made-Attempted 20-45 (.444) 17-46 (.370)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-12 (.250) 7-21 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-10 (.500) 3-4 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 5

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