Tale of the Tape: Virginia vs. Morgan State

If the month of December is anything like November for the Virginia men’s basketball team, the Cavaliers will be sitting pretty heading into ACC competition in 2019.

The Wahoos went 7-0 with a Battle 4 Atlantis championship trophy and an ACC/Big Ten Challenge victory over former conference nemesis Maryland, extending their nation-best win streak in the month of November to 25 in a row in the process.

Virginia is No. 4 in both the AP and USA Today polls, and is also fourth in the KenPom rankings (3rd defense, 10th offense). The ‘Hoos sit at the top of the NCAA NET ratings as well.

The first of UVA’s five December games brings Morgan State from the MEAC to town tonight at 7 p.m. at JPJ.

The Bears, coached by Todd Bozeman, come in with a record of 2-4 overall. They are currently ranked 324th overall (294th defense, 331st offense) out of 353 Division I teams by KenPom and 263rd in the NET ratings.

MSU opened the season with three tough road losses at Villanova, Saint Francis and DePaul before winning a pair of home games over Navy and Mount St. Mary’s.

The Bears nearly made it three straight Wednesday but fell 82-75 at George Mason, despite a career-high 18 points from sophomore guard Kyson Rawls, who became the fifth player to lead the team in scoring in its six games.

Seven Morgan State players average six-plus points a game, with three of them — Sherwyn Devonish, Stanley Davis and Tyler Streeter — tied for the scoring lead with 8.7 points a game each.

The Cavaliers will be back at JPJ Sunday afternoon against VCU before a 10-day break for Winter exams, playing at South Carolina on Dec. 19. Virginia will close out 2018 and the non-conference schedule with two more at home, Dec. 22 against William & Mary and a New Year’s Eve final tune-up against Marshall.

  Monday, December 3, 2018 John Paul Jones Arena 7:00 | ACC Network Extra  
  Leads all-time series, 3-0   Lost last meeting, 86-48, in
  7-0 OVERALL W-L 2-4  
  0-0 CONFERENCE W-L 0-0  
  W 76-71 at Maryland LAST GAME L 82-75 at George
  73.6 POINTS PER GAME 71.3  
  21.2 SCORING MARGIN -7.3  
  186-385 (.483) FGM-FGA (%) 156-389 (.401)  
  62-152 (.408) 3PM-3PA (%) 36-105 (.343)  
  81-115 (.704) FTM-FTA (%) 80-109 (.734)  
  141-333 (.423) OPP FGM-FGA (%) 157-355 (.442)  
  33-111 (.297) OPP 3PM-3PA (%) 46-148 (.311)  
  52-89 (.584) OPP FTM-FTA (%) 112-163 (.687)  
  32.0 REBS PER GAME 33.2  
  15.7 ASSISTS PER GAME 13.2  
  7.3 STEALS PER GAME 8.0  
  2.7 BLOCKS PER GAME 2.7  
  #12 De’Andre Hunter, 16.6 ppg SCORING #5 Sherwyn Devonish, 8.7 ppg  
  #11 Ty Jerome, 14.4 ppg   #0 Stanley Davis, 8.7 ppg  
  #5 Kyle Guy, 13.0 ppg   #13 Tyler Streeter, 8.7 ppg  
  Jay Huff, .692 FG % Tyler Streeter,
  Kyle Guy, 18 3PM Isaiah Burke, 9  
  Jay Huff, .667 3PT % Two with .667  
  Three with 1.000 FT % Kyson Rawls, .917  
  De’Andre Hunter, 6.1 rpg REBOUNDS Malik Miller, 4.7
  Ty Jerome, 28 ASSISTS Martez Cameron,
  Ty Jerome, Braxton Key, 13 STEALS Isaiah Burke, 10  
  Jack Salt, Mamadi Diakite, 4 BLOCKS Two with 4  


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