Virginia's drill team marches by Loyola 13 three-pointers down Hounds, 89-70, as coaches put friendship on hold

December 31, 1998|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

There was nothing remarkable to report last night from Reitz Arena, where Loyola dropped a nonconference meeting against Virginia, 89-70.

Yes, both teams shot better than 50 percent for the game. Virginia hit 13 three-pointers, the fifth time the team had drilled more than 10 from beyond the arc this year, a school record. Chris Williams, who might be the best freshman at Charlottesville since Bryant Stith, continued to build his cult following with a 26-point, five-assist effort that included five three-pointers.

But for the most part, the hushed crowd of 2,106 got what anyone should expect when an Atlantic Coast Conference team plays a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team, and that's a 19-point win by the ACC team.

They saw Loyola given a quick pace that suits it, only to see Virginia adapt to that quick pace in a better manner. They saw Virginia shoot better from the outside than Loyola shot inside, with big men Blanchard Hurd, Roderick Platt and Clifford Strong combining to shoot 11-for-23 inside the paint.

Other than that, all seemed even in a game that matched Cavaliers coach Pete Gillen and his former assistant at Xavier, Loyola coach Dino Gaudio, who said he'd be "riding on yellow buses on Route 7 in Eastern, Ohio, right now" if not for Gillen.

"This was a very tough game for me," Gaudio said. "My family and I owe him a tremendous amount."

Gillen said he was having a similar struggle, unable to give advice to Gaudio as he had in so many previous seasons because he knew their teams would be facing each other.

"He helped us in having great success, so it was a lose-lose situation for me," Gillen said of the man he mentored for six years. "The game was already scheduled and we fulfilled our commitment."

In a game that was scheduled when Jeff Jones was still Virginia's coach, the Cavaliers were forced to bomb away early, forward Willie Dersch starting the fireworks with a three-pointer to take a 9-2 lead with 17: 42 left in the first half.

Baskets by Hurd, Damien Jenifer and Strong brought the Greyhounds back into the game and even ahead, 17-16, at 11: 26 on a three-point play by Strong.

But three three-pointers in three minutes sparked a 12-1 run that put the Cavaliers up 28-19 after a basket by Williams with 7: 57 left, on the way to a 41-31 halftime lead.

"I was impressed that we shot that way that we shot," Gillen said of his team, which has now hit 98 three-pointers in the last 12 games. "Sometimes, we're two of 12, other nights are like this."

"We were so concerned with their quickness and penetration that we didn't maybe pay enough attention to their three-point shooting," Gaudio said.

Loyola, which had 13 turnovers in the first half, continued to be plagued by the tendency to run when it should walk, often negating the 17 turnovers that it forced Virginia to make.

"We didn't play intelligently enough," said Gaudio, who saw his team get only 28 frontcourt points from Hurd, Platt and Strong. "When we don't have it, we should back it out."

Jason Rowe led Loyola with 21 points, followed by Jenifer with 13, Platt with 12 and Strong with six.

Chezney Watson had 20 for Virginia, followed by Adam Hall with 16 and Donald Hand with 13.

VIRGINIA -- Dersch 3-8 0-0 8, Williams 9-11 3-5 26, Hunter 0-2 0-0 0, Watson 6-10 7-8 20, Hand 5-11 2-2 13, Hall 4-8 5-7 16, Lemeke 2-2 0-0 5, Harbour 0-0 1-2 1, Lyons 0-0 0-0 0, Martin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-52 18-24 89.

LOYOLA -- Carroll 3-5 0-0 6, Hurd 3-8 0-1 6, Platt 5-7 2-4 12, Jenifer 6-11 1-1 13, Rowe 10-15 1-2 21, Blosser 0-3 1-2 1, Nasiou 0-0 0-0 0, Strong 3-8 4-5 10, Adams 0-1 0-0 0, Walker 0-1 1-2 1, Mack 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-59 10-17 70.

Halftime--Virginia, 41-31. Three-point goals--V 13-26 (Williams 5-6, Hall 3-5, Dersch 2-6, Lemeke 1-1, Hand 1-4, Watson 1-4); L 0-7 (Adams 0-1, Jenifer 0-1, Blosser 0-2, Rowe 0-3). Rebounds--V 30 (Williams 6); L 30 (Hurd 7). Assists--V 20 (Hand 6); L 15 (Rowe 5). Fouled out--Carroll. Total fouls--V 18, L 19. A--2,106.

Pub Date: 12/31/98

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