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Virginia beats VMI 107-97

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — It was only moments before coming out onto the court for his first game as a collegian that Sylven Landesberg found out he was in the starting lineup.
Two hours later, he had everyone gushing.
Included in that category was coach Dave Leitao who admitted, while he doesn’t hand out many bouquets, he had some high praise for his 6-foot-6 swingman.
‘‘When you flirt with a triple-double right out of the box, that tells you something,’’ Leitao said after Landesberg broke Virginia’s freshman-debut scoring record with 28 and added eight assists and eight rebounds in a 107-97 victory against Virginia Military Institute.
‘‘It was fun,’’ Landesberg said. ‘‘The energy in the building was ridiculous.’’
Landesberg eclipsed Jeff Lamp’s record of 24 points in a freshman debut, set 31 years ago, and Jeff Jones shook off a shaky start with two late 3-pointers that capped a Virginia rally. That Cavaliers run deprived the Keydets (1-1) of a second stunning victory in the season’s first three days.
VMI beat Kentucky 111-103 at Rupp Arena on Friday night, and Leitao said watching that game live and then breaking down tape caused him to change his lineup and go small.
‘‘It was a little bit of a wake-up call,’’ Leitao said of the win at Kentucky.
Virginia started four guards and forward Mike Scott, moving Landesberg into the starting five in favor of center Tunji Soroye, who didn’t play a single minute Sunday night.
Early on, the plan worked as Virginia bolted to a 36-19 lead with Scott dominating inside, but then the Keydets’ pressure started wearing on the young Cavaliers as VMI rallied.
The Keydets forced 20 turnovers and had Virginia on its heels when it tied the score at 82 with 6:47 left, but the Cavaliers went the last 10 minutes without giving the ball away. Virginia got a 10-2 burst capped by Jones’ consecutive 3-pointers to make its lead more comfortable.
‘‘We were able to impose our will more Friday night than we were tonight,’’ Keydets coach Duggar Baucom said, adding that in warmups even before the game, he thought his team might have been, ‘‘feeling a little happy about what we’d done (at Kentucky), and that’s not us.’’
Chavis Holmes scored 31 points and twin brother Travis had 20 for the Keydets, and Baucom said the most positive thing about the opening weekend was his team’s reaction to the loss.
‘‘They feel like they let one get away tonight,’’ he said.
Mike Scott added 26 points and 18 rebounds for Virginia, and Jamil Tucker and Mamadi Diane scored 14 each. Sammy Zeglinski finished with 11 points and six assists.
Still, for a time, the lineup changes looked like they were backfiring.
Trailing 36-19, the Keydets outscored Virginia 20-7 over the next 7 minutes to get within 43-39, and the teams traded baskets the rest of the way. The Cavaliers led 51-45 at the break.
VMI used an 11-3 run in the second half to pull even at 82, but Scott scored inside, Diane put back his own miss and Jones hit back-to-back 3-pointers to rebuild the margin.
It was Virginia’s 24th consecutive win in the series.

No. 8 Duke rallies past URI for 82-79 victory

By The Associated Press
Rhode Island’s Jimmy Baron tried his best to end Duke’s lengthy nonconference home winning streak.
He fell just short.
Kyle Singler hit two free throws with 19.4 seconds left, then stopped Rhode Island’s top scorer down the stretch to lead No. 8 Duke past the Rams 82-79 on Sunday.
Jon Scheyer scored 23 points and was 13-of-13 from the free-throw line, and Singler finished with 21 points for the Blue Devils (3-0).
Duke fell behind by 12 early and trailed most of the game before scoring on its final seven possessions to rally for its NCAA-best 62nd straight nonconference victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
‘‘It was one of those February games in November,’’ Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. ‘‘The last 5 minutes, I thought we did everything right. … And they didn’t do anything wrong. They just missed a couple of shots.’’
In other ranked games on Sunday, it was: No. 6 Michigan State 100, Idaho 62; No. 9 Notre Dame 94, South Carolina-Upstate 58; No. 19 Florida 81, Bradley 58; No. 24 Kansas 71 Missouri-Kansas City 56; and No. 25 Wisconsin 68, Long Beach State 61.
At Durham, N.C., Singler twice hit a pair of foul shots in the final minute to put the Blue Devils up by one. He swished two with 57 seconds left to give Duke its first lead since early in the second half, and he knocked down two more to make it 80-79 before Rhode Island called time-out with 10.6 seconds left.
‘‘We wanted to get it to Jimmy,’’ Rams coach Jim Baron said.
The Rams worked the ball to Baron, and with Singler guarding him tightly, his fallaway jumper glanced off the rim, clipped a Rhode Island player and went out of bounds with 4.9 seconds on the clock.
Scheyer made two free throws with 3.7 seconds left, and Baron’s half-court heave bounced off the glass as time expired to seal it.
Baron scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half and matched a career high with eight 3-pointers for Rhode Island (1-1).
‘‘(Duke) put every guy possible on him,’’ the Rhode Island coach said of his son. ‘‘They were switching, changing defenses on him. He just stepped up and kept us ahead.’’
For more than 39 minutes, Rhode Island was a serious threat to become the first non-ACC team to win at Cameron since St. John’s did it in February 2000. The Blue Devils have won 192 of their past 195 nonconference home games.
Rhode Island took its largest lead with 3 1/2 minutes left before the break when Stevie Mejia’s three-point play made it 34-22. The Blue Devils finished strong, closing the half with 11 straight points, and Scheyer’s driving layup with 1.5 seconds left made it 34-33 at halftime.
‘‘I don’t think our guys expected the level of play,’’ Krzyzewski said. ‘‘Don’t get me wrong. We respected Rhode Island. But they played at a really high level tonight. I thought it knocked us back.’’
No. 6 Michigan St. 100, Idaho 62
At East Lansing, Mich., Chris Allen scored a career-high 21 points to lead Michigan State.
Raymar Morgan also scored 21 points, Kalin Lucas had 13 points and nine assists and Goran Suton added 10 points.
Mac Hopson had 13 points and Brandon Wiley scored 10 for the Vandals (1-1).
No. 9 Notre Dame 94, S.C. Upstate 58
At South Bend, Ind., Luke Harangody had 30 points and 14 rebounds to lead Notre Dame.
Harangody sparked a 15-2 run that broke the game open, scoring a fast-break basket late in the first half even though Upstate’s Chalmers Rogers had a hand on his neck. Harangody then made a free throw to cap the three-point play.
Harangody made his fourth career 3-pointer early in the second half to stretch Notre Dame’s lead to 59-35.
Luke Zeller added a career-high 18 points and Zach Hillesland had 13 points for the Irish (1-0). Bobby Davis led the Spartans (0-2) with 14 points and Nick Schneiders added 12.
No. 19 Florida 81, Bradley 58
At Gainesville, Fla., Dan Werner and Walter Hodge each scored 17 points to lead Florida over Bradley.
Werner made 4 of 6 3-pointers and Hodge was 5-for-9 for the Gators (2-0), who were 14-for-32 from beyond the arc.
Nick Calathes added 13 points and seven rebounds and Erving Walker had 10 points for the Gators.
Dodie Dunson led Bradley (1-1) with 15 points and Chris Roberts added 13.
No. 24 Kansas 71, UMKC 56
At Lawrence, Kan., Sherron Collins had 16 points, freshman Markieff Morris grabbed 15 rebounds and Kansas pulled away after a shaky first half.
Cole Aldrich had 13 points and Tyrel Reed added 12 to help Kansas (1-0) win its 36th straight home opener and 24th straight game overall at Allen Fieldhouse.
UMKC (1-1) came out firing, launching 31 from beyond the arc. The Kangaroos made enough in the first half to lead by as much as seven, but couldn’t keep up with the bigger, faster Jayhawks in the second.
No. 25 Wisconsin 68, Long Beach St. 61
At Madison, Wis., Marcus Landry scored 23 points and had a pair of important blocks late in the game to help Wisconsin hold on for the victory.
Jason Bohannon added 12 points for the Badgers, who outrebounded the 49ers 32-27 and connected on 16 of 22 foul shots.
Landry gave Wisconsin a 59-57 lead with less than 4 minutes to play, moments after blocking Donovan Morris’ shot. He made a 3-pointer to give the Badgers some breathing room with 29.9 seconds left, then swatted away Maurice Clady’s layup attempt.
Wisconsin (1-0) led by nine in the second half, but Morris single-handedly rallied the 49ers (0-2).

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Virginia beats VMI 107-97

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — It was only moments before coming out onto the court for his first game as a collegian that Sylven Landesberg found out he was in the starting lineup.
Two hours later, he had everyone gushing.
Included in that category was coach Dave Leitao who admitted, while he doesn’t hand out many bouquets, he had some high praise for his 6-foot-6 swingman.
‘‘When you flirt with a triple-double right out of the box, that tells you something,’’ Leitao said after Landesberg broke Virginia’s freshman-debut scoring record with 28 and added eight assists and eight rebounds in a 107-97 victory against Virginia Military Institute.
‘‘It was fun,’’ Landesberg said. ‘‘The energy in the building was ridiculous.’’
Landesberg eclipsed Jeff Lamp’s record of 24 points in a freshman debut, set 31 years ago, and Jeff Jones shook off a shaky start with two late 3-pointers that capped a Virginia rally. That Cavaliers run deprived the Keydets (1-1) of a second stunning victory in the season’s first three days.
VMI beat Kentucky 111-103 at Rupp Arena on Friday night, and Leitao said watching that game live and then breaking down tape caused him to change his lineup and go small.
‘‘It was a little bit of a wake-up call,’’ Leitao said of the win at Kentucky.
Virginia started four guards and forward Mike Scott, moving Landesberg into the starting five in favor of center Tunji Soroye, who didn’t play a single minute Sunday night.
Early on, the plan worked as Virginia bolted to a 36-19 lead with Scott dominating inside, but then the Keydets’ pressure started wearing on the young Cavaliers as VMI rallied.
The Keydets forced 20 turnovers and had Virginia on its heels when it tied the score at 82 with 6:47 left, but the Cavaliers went the last 10 minutes without giving the ball away. Virginia got a 10-2 burst capped by Jones’ consecutive 3-pointers to make its lead more comfortable.
‘‘We were able to impose our will more Friday night than we were tonight,’’ Keydets coach Duggar Baucom said, adding that in warmups even before the game, he thought his team might have been, ‘‘feeling a little happy about what we’d done (at Kentucky), and that’s not us.’’
Chavis Holmes scored 31 points and twin brother Travis had 20 for the Keydets, and Baucom said the most positive thing about the opening weekend was his team’s reaction to the loss.
‘‘They feel like they let one get away tonight,’’ he said.
Mike Scott added 26 points and 18 rebounds for Virginia, and Jamil Tucker and Mamadi Diane scored 14 each. Sammy Zeglinski finished with 11 points and six assists.
Still, for a time, the lineup changes looked like they were backfiring.
Trailing 36-19, the Keydets outscored Virginia 20-7 over the next 7 minutes to get within 43-39, and the teams traded baskets the rest of the way. The Cavaliers led 51-45 at the break.
VMI used an 11-3 run in the second half to pull even at 82, but Scott scored inside, Diane put back his own miss and Jones hit back-to-back 3-pointers to rebuild the margin.
It was Virginia’s 24th consecutive win in the series.

No. 8 Duke rallies past URI for 82-79 victory

By The Associated Press
Rhode Island’s Jimmy Baron tried his best to end Duke’s lengthy nonconference home winning streak.
He fell just short.
Kyle Singler hit two free throws with 19.4 seconds left, then stopped Rhode Island’s top scorer down the stretch to lead No. 8 Duke past the Rams 82-79 on Sunday.
Jon Scheyer scored 23 points and was 13-of-13 from the free-throw line, and Singler finished with 21 points for the Blue Devils (3-0).
Duke fell behind by 12 early and trailed most of the game before scoring on its final seven possessions to rally for its NCAA-best 62nd straight nonconference victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
‘‘It was one of those February games in November,’’ Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. ‘‘The last 5 minutes, I thought we did everything right. … And they didn’t do anything wrong. They just missed a couple of shots.’’
In other ranked games on Sunday, it was: No. 6 Michigan State 100, Idaho 62; No. 9 Notre Dame 94, South Carolina-Upstate 58; No. 19 Florida 81, Bradley 58; No. 24 Kansas 71 Missouri-Kansas City 56; and No. 25 Wisconsin 68, Long Beach State 61.
At Durham, N.C., Singler twice hit a pair of foul shots in the final minute to put the Blue Devils up by one. He swished two with 57 seconds left to give Duke its first lead since early in the second half, and he knocked down two more to make it 80-79 before Rhode Island called time-out with 10.6 seconds left.
‘‘We wanted to get it to Jimmy,’’ Rams coach Jim Baron said.
The Rams worked the ball to Baron, and with Singler guarding him tightly, his fallaway jumper glanced off the rim, clipped a Rhode Island player and went out of bounds with 4.9 seconds on the clock.
Scheyer made two free throws with 3.7 seconds left, and Baron’s half-court heave bounced off the glass as time expired to seal it.
Baron scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half and matched a career high with eight 3-pointers for Rhode Island (1-1).
‘‘(Duke) put every guy possible on him,’’ the Rhode Island coach said of his son. ‘‘They were switching, changing defenses on him. He just stepped up and kept us ahead.’’
For more than 39 minutes, Rhode Island was a serious threat to become the first non-ACC team to win at Cameron since St. John’s did it in February 2000. The Blue Devils have won 192 of their past 195 nonconference home games.
Rhode Island took its largest lead with 3 1/2 minutes left before the break when Stevie Mejia’s three-point play made it 34-22. The Blue Devils finished strong, closing the half with 11 straight points, and Scheyer’s driving layup with 1.5 seconds left made it 34-33 at halftime.
‘‘I don’t think our guys expected the level of play,’’ Krzyzewski said. ‘‘Don’t get me wrong. We respected Rhode Island. But they played at a really high level tonight. I thought it knocked us back.’’
No. 6 Michigan St. 100, Idaho 62
At East Lansing, Mich., Chris Allen scored a career-high 21 points to lead Michigan State.
Raymar Morgan also scored 21 points, Kalin Lucas had 13 points and nine assists and Goran Suton added 10 points.
Mac Hopson had 13 points and Brandon Wiley scored 10 for the Vandals (1-1).
No. 9 Notre Dame 94, S.C. Upstate 58
At South Bend, Ind., Luke Harangody had 30 points and 14 rebounds to lead Notre Dame.
Harangody sparked a 15-2 run that broke the game open, scoring a fast-break basket late in the first half even though Upstate’s Chalmers Rogers had a hand on his neck. Harangody then made a free throw to cap the three-point play.
Harangody made his fourth career 3-pointer early in the second half to stretch Notre Dame’s lead to 59-35.
Luke Zeller added a career-high 18 points and Zach Hillesland had 13 points for the Irish (1-0). Bobby Davis led the Spartans (0-2) with 14 points and Nick Schneiders added 12.
No. 19 Florida 81, Bradley 58
At Gainesville, Fla., Dan Werner and Walter Hodge each scored 17 points to lead Florida over Bradley.
Werner made 4 of 6 3-pointers and Hodge was 5-for-9 for the Gators (2-0), who were 14-for-32 from beyond the arc.
Nick Calathes added 13 points and seven rebounds and Erving Walker had 10 points for the Gators.
Dodie Dunson led Bradley (1-1) with 15 points and Chris Roberts added 13.
No. 24 Kansas 71, UMKC 56
At Lawrence, Kan., Sherron Collins had 16 points, freshman Markieff Morris grabbed 15 rebounds and Kansas pulled away after a shaky first half.
Cole Aldrich had 13 points and Tyrel Reed added 12 to help Kansas (1-0) win its 36th straight home opener and 24th straight game overall at Allen Fieldhouse.
UMKC (1-1) came out firing, launching 31 from beyond the arc. The Kangaroos made enough in the first half to lead by as much as seven, but couldn’t keep up with the bigger, faster Jayhawks in the second.
No. 25 Wisconsin 68, Long Beach St. 61
At Madison, Wis., Marcus Landry scored 23 points and had a pair of important blocks late in the game to help Wisconsin hold on for the victory.
Jason Bohannon added 12 points for the Badgers, who outrebounded the 49ers 32-27 and connected on 16 of 22 foul shots.
Landry gave Wisconsin a 59-57 lead with less than 4 minutes to play, moments after blocking Donovan Morris’ shot. He made a 3-pointer to give the Badgers some breathing room with 29.9 seconds left, then swatted away Maurice Clady’s layup attempt.
Wisconsin (1-0) led by nine in the second half, but Morris single-handedly rallied the 49ers (0-2).

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