ACC Friday Hoops: Cavs handle Oregon

Freshmen K.T. Harrell sparks 63-48 victory

Virginia guard Joe Harris (12) grabs a rebound in front of teammate K.T. Harrell (24) and Oregon forward E.J. Singler (25) during an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia won 63-48. (AP Photo/The Daily Progress, Matthew Rosenberg)

Virginia guard Joe Harris (12) grabs a rebound in front of teammate K.T. Harrell (24) and Oregon forward E.J. Singler (25) during an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia won 63-48. (AP Photo/The Daily Progress, Matthew Rosenberg)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — With scoring and rebounding leader Mike Scott recovering from arthroscopic ankle surgery, Virginia knew it needed other players to fill the big void.

The Cavaliers got more than enough.

Freshman K.T. Harrell scored 20 points, Mustapha Farrakhan had 17 and Sammy Zeglinski hit two big 3-pointers Friday night, lifting Virginia to a 63-48 victory against Oregon.

Harrell, who started along with fellow freshman Joe Harris, said the Cavaliers are deep enough into the season that the young players don't think about being freshmen any more.

"We just go out there and play," he said after making 8 of 12 shots, mostly mid-range jumpers. "We've played a lot of games now. We feel like it's just basketball."

The absence of Scott, whose five consecutive double-doubles made him the first Virginia player to do that since Ralph Sampson in 1983, coincided with the arrival of Zeglinski.

After missing the first seven games recovering from knee surgery, he was 0 for 6 from the field coming into the game, but broke out of that slump with two clock-beating 3-pointers.

The first, from well behind the line on the left wing, gave Virginia a 43-36 lead, and the second, from well behind the top of the key, pushed the margin to 48-38 with 5:39 left.

"It felt good to see the ball go in the net," he said after scoring 12 points. "I think that's the key — I just need to move back a little bit. I felt comfortable out there."

His teammates were just as happy to see him finding his range.

"When he hit that first shot, I was like, 'He's back,'" Harrell said. "Just seeing him play the way we know Sammy can play is exciting and makes our team better."

The victory was the fourth in a row for Virginia (7-3), and Ducks big man Joevan Catron was surprised to hear that Harrell, who did the most damage, is only a freshman.

"Wow. That hurts me right now," he said. "He handled himself pretty well."

Oregon (7-4) had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Ducks got 16 points from Catron but little from anyone else as they shot just 34.5 percent overall (19 of 55).

The Cavaliers led just 33-31 when Harrell hit a jumper and Farrakhan followed with a huge block on Jeremy Jacob that roused the crowd, then quickly hit a 3-pointer at the other end.

After Harrell scored again, the Ducks pulled within 40-36 before Zeglinski's first 3.

After his second pushed the margin to 10, the Ducks never threatened again.

Virginia went with four guards at the start, including Harrell and Harris, and looked shaky at the outset. Oregon got scoring from six players in a 15-2 run to take a 15-6 lead after 10 minutes, but Virginia outscored the Ducks 19-7 the rest of the half.

The Cavaliers had seven turnovers in the first 10 minutes, and none the rest of the half when Oregon's poor shooting rarely allowed the Ducks to get their full court press set up.

Oregon also missed 11 of 12 shots from 3-point range in the half.

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