No. 4 Virginia Hits 15 3s In Bubbleville Opener Win Over Towson

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.

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