Virginia wins 7th straight game, beats MVSU 67-39


Virginia wins 7th straight game, beats MVSU 67-39

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Akil Mitchell tied his career-high with 20 points and Virginia won its seventh-straight game, defeating Mississippi Valley State 67-39 on Saturday.

Justin Anderson had 15 points and Darion Atkins added 14 points for the Cavaliers (8-2), who improved to 7-1 at home.

Davon Usher led winless Mississippi Valley State (0-5) with 14 points.

Virginia, which entered the game ranked third nationally in scoring defense, was in full control from the opening tip. The Cavaliers raced out to a 12-2 lead, holding the Delta Devils without a field goal for nearly the first six minutes.

Virginia opened up a 22-11 advantage when Anderson made a steal and then a nice pass to Mitchell for a fast break dunk.

Virginia held the Delta Devils to 16 percent (4 of 25) from the field in the first half.

In the second half, the Cavaliers quickly extended their lead. Mitchell scored the team's first 10 points after halftime, highlighting his scoring spurt with a driving two-handed dunk.

Later, Anderson had the crowd on its feet after he deked out the Delta Devils' defense with a fake behind-the-back pass and then dunked.

VIDEO: Brian Mitchell helps Navy QB learn to return punts before draft


VIDEO: Brian Mitchell helps Navy QB learn to return punts before draft

CSN's Brian Mitchell, one of the best punt returners in NFL history, is helping former Navy QB Keenan Reynolds to reinvent himself in advance of the 2016 NFL Draft. 

While learning to play another position to increase his chances of getting drafted or making a roster, Reynolds showed off his ability to field punts. And he's already pretty good. 

Watch the full segment featuring Mitchell, Reynolds, and CSN's Rob Carlin in the video player above.

Two Hokies suspended indefinitely after arrests


Two Hokies suspended indefinitely after arrests

Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander and defensive end Houshun Gaines have been indefinitely suspended from the football team, the school announced via a release on Tuesday.

Though no reason was given in the release, Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times reported that both players were arrested on Sunday morning for marijuana possession. Gaines was also charged with underage possession/purchase of alcohol.

The chargers are misdemeanors and both players are scheduled to appear in Montgomery County District Court in June.

The arrests came just hours after Virginia Tech's spring game which was played on Saturday. Alexander, a sophomore, started eight games last season as a true freshman and was expected to to be a starter this fall at corner along with Brandon Facyson.

Gaines is a redshirt freshman and registered two sacks on Saturday while playing with the first team defense.

Georgetown C Hayes granted extra year of eligibility


Georgetown C Hayes granted extra year of eligibility

Turns out only one senior from last season's Georgetown team is leaving the Hilltop.

Bradley Hayes has been granted a fifth-year of eligibility by the NCAA, confirmed after Hayes revealed the news Friday night at the team's season-ending banquet.

Little used during his first three years at Georgetown, Hayes blossomed into a reliable interior force for the Hoyas last season. The 7-footer averaged 8.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.0 block in 27 games. He missed six games during conference play with a broken hand. Georgetown lost all six games before Hayes returned for two games in the Big East Tournament.

Hayes only played 14 minutes as a freshman in part because of family matters, but three came late in the season during blowouts. The Hoyas presumably requested an extra season based on this inactivity, though the late season minutes could have jeopardized hopes.

The Hoyas will lose leading scorer D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera to graduation this spring.

Seniors give speeches at the banquet. Hayes walked to the podium, but told the crowd he'd back next season before walking off.  The program released an announcement late Friday night.

Georgetown recently added graduate transfer swingman Rodney Pryor and JUCO guard Jonathan Mulmore. Those moves left the Hoyas without an available scholarship, which means a current Hoya must leave or go off scholarship with Hayes returning. 

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