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Men's basketball: Freshmen lead Virginia past UNT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Freshman Justin Anderson scored 14 points, and freshmen Teven Jones and Evan Nolte added 13 each as Virginia defeated North Texas 80-64 in NIT consolation action on Tuesday night.

Virginia had five players score in double figures.

Tony Mitchell led the Mean Green (3-3) with 16 points.

Virginia (4-2) shot 59 percent from the field (27 of 46), including 73 percent from 3-point range (8 of 11), and held UNT to 36 percent (21 of 58).

After trailing by 20 at the half, the Mean Green, using a full-court press, whittled the lead to nine on a 3-point play by Jordan Williams, but Virginia responded with a 10-2 run to pull away.

The spurt was highlighted by Anderson, who had six of the points and a block of a Williams’ layup attempt that ignited the charge.

Virginia, just like it did in its easy win over Lamar on Monday night, jumped out to a quick lead. Jones scored five points, and Joe Harris hit a 3-pointer as Virginia went up 11-2.

North Texas managed only one field goal in the game’s first six minutes.

Nolte scored eight of his 13 points, which included two 3-pointers, during a stretch that gave Virginia a 32-14 lead. Nolte’s other bucket came on a nice backdoor pass from Darion Atkins that he converted into a layup.

On one offensive sequence, Atkins was rejected twice but stayed with the play and picked up a deuce when Mitchell was called for goaltending.

Virginia 80, North Texas 64

NORTH TEXAS (3-3)

T. Mitchell 4-8 7-9 16, Franklin 1-5 3-4 5, A. Williams 4-11 3-5 11, Jones 3-8 0-0 6, J. Williams 4-15 4-5 12, Holmen 1-5 2-2 4, Hardwick 0-0 0-1 0, A. Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0, Patton 1-2 0-0 3, Overlander 1-2 0-0 3, Stojiljkovic 0-0 0-0 0, Coleman 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 21-58 19-26 64.

VIRGINIA (4-2)

Mitchell 3-5 2-3 8, Atkins 5-10 0-0 10, Jesperson 2-2 0-0 5, Jones 3-6 6-7 13, Harris 3-6 3-4 12, Barnette 0-0 0-0 0, Tobey 2-2 1-2 5, Nolte 5-5 0-0 13, Anderson 4-10 6-8 14. Totals 27-46 18-24 80.

Halftime—Virginia 42-22. 3-Point Goals—North Texas 3-19 (Patton 1-2, Overlander 1-2, T. Mitchell 1-5, Holmen 0-2, Jones 0-2, J. Williams 0-6), Virginia 8-11 (Nolte 3-3, Harris 3-4, Jesperson 1-1, Jones 1-2, Anderson 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—North Texas 34 (T. Mitchell 9), Virginia 28 (Atkins 9). Assists—North Texas 5 (Hardwick, Jones 2), Virginia 18 (Anderson, Jones 4). Total Fouls—North Texas 21, Virginia 20. Technical—North Texas Bench. A—1,745.