CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Justin Anderson was 7 for 7 from the field and scored 20 points and No. 8 Virginia had a 32-point run spanning halftime to beat Tennessee State 79-36 on Tuesday night.
Anderson made five 3-pointers and Mike Tobey added 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Cavaliers (5-0), off to their best start since the 2007-08 team also won its first five.
Tennessee State (2-3), which has only one returning player and 12 newcomers in coach Dana Ford’s first season, trailed 19-2 after seven minutes and 42-17 at halftime. The Tigers remained stuck on 17 until just 12:29 remained in the second half when Xavier Richards ended a scoring drought that stretched 10 minutes, 21 seconds.
Richards and Marcus Roper led the Tigers with 10 points.
Anthony Gill added 16 points for Virginia and also was perfect from the field, going 6 for 6.
The Cavaliers came into the game having blown out four straight opponents, including George Washington, and allowing the opposition to shoot just 29.4 percent from the field. That was second best in the country.
The Tigers shot 24 percent (6 for 15) in the first half and finished at 29.2 percent (14 for 48).
Anderson, with 22 minutes, was the only Virginia starter to play that many. Coach Tony Bennett emptied his bench early, and at one point had B.J. Stith, son of Virginia’s career scoring leader Bryant Stith, and Jeff Jones, son of the former Virginia coach now at Old Dominion, on the court together.
Stith got a huge ovation when he scored his first career basket, and Jones got one when he scored later.
Tennessee State: The Tigers were outrebounded 49-22.
Virginia: Anderson came into this season a career 29.8 percent shooter on 3-pointers, but has made 15 of 22 through five games.
Tennessee State faces St. Peter’s at the Barclays Center in New York.
Virginia faces LaSalle at the Barclays Center in New York.
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