CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Justin Anderson scored 11 points and No. 9 Virginia kept up its sharp shooting from 3-point territory Sunday night, pulling away early in a 67-39 victory against Norfolk State.
The Cavaliers (2-0) hit 8 of 11 from beyond the arc in the first half in taking a 42-22 lead that was never threatened, even as coach Tony Bennett substituted liberally. In its first game and a half, Virginia hit 13 of 18 3-point attempts.
Jeff Short scored 19 points, 15 before halftime, for Norfolk State (1-1). No one else on the Spartans had more than five as they shot just 23.5 percent (12-51).
Mike Tobey added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Cavaliers, who hold their highest season-opening ranking since Ralph Sampson and the 1982-83 team started at No. 1.
The victory also marked Virginia’s 18th consecutive in its home opener, and sixth in a row under Bennett.
The game also marked the return of starting point guard London Perrantes and reserve swingman Evan Nolte to the Virginia lineup after both were suspended for the opener for a team rules violation.
Perrantes started and had seven points and four assists.
As the Cavaliers did in their first game at James Madison, they quickly took charge. They led 13-6 after just over seven minutes before the Spartans pulled within 16-10 on LaTre’e Russell’s basket.
Russell’s shot came with 11:31 left in the half, and no one but Short scored for the rest of the half for Norfolk State.
The Cavaliers, meantime, got an array of 3-pointers from five players in running out to a comfortable advantage.
Norfolk St.: Short scored the Spartans’ last 12 points of the first half. He was the only Norfolk State player to score from midway through the first half until 18:44 remained when Malik Thomas made a free throw. … This was the teams’ fourth meeting since 2010-11 season. The Cavaliers won the first three by 1, 11 and 10 points.
Virginia: The Cavaliers improved to 23-0 against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schools.
Norfolk St. is at home against Boston University on Wednesday.
Virginia is at home against South Carolina St. on Tuesday.
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