UNCASVILLE, Conn. – No.4 Virginia made 15 shots from 3-point range and tallied 89 points in a comfortable win over Towson in the season opener for both teams at the Mohegan Sun “Bubbleville” on Wednesday afternoon.
The Cavaliers (1-0) dominated the game after the halftime break en route to an 89-54 win. It was the highest scoring display from Virginia in a regular season opener since a 107-97 victory against Virginia Military Institute to start the 2008-09 season.
Virginia, the 2019 NCAA National champions, connected on 15 of its 29 attempts from beyond the arc, with Trey Murphy III knocking down six of them off the bench.
In a well balanced performance, Tony Bennett’s side led 42-19 at halftime before blew the game open midway in the second half to setup the season opening victory.
Murphy III made 7 of his 9 total shots from the field to lead the way for the Cavaliers with 21 points, while grabbing three rebounds in the process.
Also scoring in double-digits were Sam Hauser and Jay Huff.
Hauser ended the day with 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists on 7 of 9 shooting, including 3 from 3 from long range.
Huff added 14 points, four rebounds and three blocks, as Virginia completed the game shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and shot 51.7 from three-pointers.
The Cavaliers, who had a 73-42 win at John Paul Jones Arena to open the 2018-19 season, have now improved to 7-0 against the Tigers.
Nicolas Timberlake was the only Towson player to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with a team-high 19 points and made five 3-pointers.
The all-time series between these Virginia and the Tigers dates back to 1985-86, while Cavaliers head coach Bennett improves his run against today’s opponent to 3-0 all-time.
Towson was a late replacement in the tournament after Maine was forced to withdraw from the game Tuesday. Maine needed to pause all its winter sports due of COVID-19 cases at the school and in its athletic department.
Virginia will return to the court on Friday against San Francisco, which was a late entry into the Bubbleville. tipoff at Mohegan Sun Arena is slated for 11:30 am on ESPN and WatchESPN.com.
Towson, meanwhile, is set for back-to-back action on the court, as the team will take also face San Francisco in its season opener on Thursday.