Virginia beats coach's alma mater Green Bay 68-42
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Coach Tony Bennett got the best of his alma mater as Virginia - behind Mike Scott's 15 points and 10 rebounds and KT Harrell's 14 points - defeated Green Bay 68-42 Friday night.
Bennett, Green Bay's all-time leading scorer, was coaching against the Phoenix for the first time. He helped lead Green Bay to its first NCAA Tournament in 1991 while playing under his father, Dick Bennett.
After struggling offensively in the recent Paradise Jam tournament, Virginia (5-1) came out smoking. The Cavaliers hit 10 of their first 15 shots and jumped out to a 27-7 lead.
Green Bay cut the lead to 33-23 by halftime, but Virginia opened the second half with a 10-0 run capped by a pair of buckets from center Assane Sene.
"I challenged them at halftime to regain their defensive edge and their ability to keep the ball out of the lane," Bennett said, "and I think they did a pretty good job of that.
"It hurt Green Bay that (leading scorer) Alec Brown got into foul trouble because he's pretty talented."
Brown finished with only nine points on 3 of 10 shooting in 25 minutes. Keifer Sykes led Green Bay (2-4) with 11 points.
Bennett went with a different starting lineup, inserting senior Sammy Zeglinski for Harrell in the backcourt. Zeglinski, though, had to leave the game with 12:03 remaining after he appeared to aggravate an ankle injury.
X-rays were negative and Bennett said he hoped it was "very minor." Zeglinski said he believes he's OK.
Virginia shot 51 percent (23 of 45) and held Green Bay to 30-percent shooting (15 of 50).
"I think we got some second-chance points and guys found their rhythm and got to the paint and did a decent job certainly in stretches," Bennett said.
Virginia, which has won five of its first six games, hosts Michigan in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on Tuesday.
Green Bay opens Horizon League play on Thursday against Illinois-Chicago.
Updated November 25, 2011