The Virginia Cavaliers demonstrated their recipe for making Duck Soup last night at the University of Oregon's Matthew Knight Arena. Simmer the Ducks for 20 minutes, then turn the heat up to HIGH for the last 20 minutes and presto!
With exams out of the way, Virginia passed its first road test last night with a 67-54 spanking of Oregon. The Cavaliers began sluggishly, in part because Mike Scott saw Oregon's unique court, with its silhouettes of Pacific Northwest tree lines, called "Deep In The Woods," mostly from the bench in the first half, sitting the last 7:30 with his second foul.
The floor's designers, who say the concept was to give the impression of being "lost in the woods" certainly seemed to get that desired result from the visitors from Charlottesville for the first 20 minutes. Virginia gave up second chance points and at times had difficulty slowing Oregon's break. To add to that, the offense wasn't fluid and they failed to visit the charity stripe once during the opening half.
But, 20 minutes does not make a college basketball game.
The Ducks got the first basket of the second half to double their half time lead to four points, but the Cavs would reel off the next seven points and never trail again. Mike Scott had a huge second half, scoring 13 points and grabbing nine rebounds to give him game-high totals of 17 and 13, respectively. He was also perfect from the foul line, hitting seven of seven, as the Cavs got to the foul line a total of 13 times in the second half, converting 11.
It was a balanced scoring effort from the Cavaliers with five players scoring at least nine points. For the game, the Cavaliers shot 45 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Virginia continued its stingy ways on defense, making the Ducks the 10th straight team to fail to get out of the 50's. Oregon managed to shoot 42 percent for the game but were a paltry 3-for-15 from three point land and a disastrous 5-for-14 from the foul line.
Tony Bennett's charges now get to go up the road to Seattle, where they will meet the Redhawks of Seattle University on Wednesday night in the Key Arena. They then return home for two games with Maryland Eastern Shore and Towson University to close out the 2011 portion of the schedule.