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.
Josh Norman is a man of many talents — at least on the football field, and in the friendliest possible way, he was reminded of that this weekend during a charity basketball game.
Opposite of the defensive nightmare Norman can be for receivers, the New York Knicks' Kyle O’Quinn had a little fun with the Redskins cornerback and the 10-inch height difference they share during the during Bam Bam’s Spring Jam at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
O'Quinn got the ball and went up for a particularly easy dunk as Norman jumped and tried to swat the ball away but his effort was futile.
While this was all in good fun, Norman should probably stick to football.
Former Virginia Tech defenseive back and current Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor's foundation is behind the charity game, which also included Redskins' Lynden Trail, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and Antoine Bethea.
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Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz has added a new job to his resume. In his latest “30 Thoughts” column, Sportsnet reporter Elliotte Friedman reports that Trotz has been added to the NHL’s competition committee as a coach representative.
According to Friedman, “Ken Hitchcock and Barry Trotz are new members of the competition committee, representing the coaches. Excellent choices. No details yet on when the group will meet.”
The committee meets to discuss potential rule changes for the next season. All proposals from the committee must be approved by the league’s general managers and then go to the NHL Board of Governors for final approval.
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