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Cavs stun Gophers with 3-point flurry

Virginia’s Joe Harris launches a 3-pointer over Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe, center, and Blake Hoffarber in the second half.

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Virginia’s Joe Harris launches a 3-pointer over Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe, center, and Blake Hoffarber in the second half.

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota rolled into Williams Arena on Monday night with a No. 15 ranking, its highest under coach Tubby Smith.

Mustapha Farrakhan and Virginia took care of that in a hurry.

Farrakhan had a career-high 23 points and Mike Scott added 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to an 87-79 victory over the Golden Gophers.

Joe Harris had 24 points, and Virginia made 10 of 13 3-pointers to erase a 13-point first-half deficit.

"I think everybody thought we'd come in here and get blown out of the gym," Scott said. "I think the only ones who thought we could win was our coaches. They kept stressing that this was a tough place to play, whether (Minnesota is) ranked or not, but they had confidence that we could win the game."

Trevor Mbakwe had 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for Minnesota (6-1). But the Gophers scored just two points during seven minutes of the second half and couldn't complete a furious rally in the final five minutes.

Mbakwe's putback cut Virginia's 14-point lead to 73-67 with two minutes left, but Scott responded with a three-point play to put the game out of reach.

"That was probably as pathetic an effort defensively as we've had in a long time," Smith said. "But a lot of credit has to go to Virginia."

On a team with seven freshmen, it was the senior Farrakhan's steadying presence and cool shot-making that stabilized the Cavs during a rocky start.

Devoe Joseph had 16 points in his return from a six-game suspension and Blake Hoffarber added 19 for the Gophers, who led 14-5 early and were in control during a dominant first half.

That's when coach Tony Bennett went to one of his three captains off the bench. The grandson of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Mustapha hit all four of his 3-pointers and scored 14 in the first half to keep the Cavaliers from getting blown out.

"He had his flame thrower out tonight," Scott said of Farrakhan.

NO. 5 KANSAS ST. 85, EMPORIA ST. 61: Jacob Pullen broke the school record for career 3-pointers with his 241st, leading the host Wildcats (6-1) over the Division II Hornets for their first six-win November.

NO. 11 BAYLOR 90, PRAIRIE VIEW 45: LaceDarius Dunn had 20 points in his second game back from a suspension, and freshman Perry Jones had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the host Bears (5-0). Dunn hit a 3-pointer on the first shot of the game, and Baylor never trailed.

TAMPA 70, SOUTHEASTERN 61: Anthony Griffis had 15 points to lead four players in double figures as the host Spartans (7-0) continued their best start since 2001.

COACH'S MOM DIES: Kentucky coach John Calipari's mother, Donna, died Sunday in Charlotte, N.C., after a long battle with cancer. She was 74.

AP POLL: Duke was a unanimous No. 1, and No. 7 Connecticut made the most impressive jump into the rankings since Kansas entered at No. 4 in 1989. No. 24 UNLV and No.  25 Notre Dame also joined the poll, and Temple, Gonzaga and North Carolina dropped out.

Women

NO. 20 ST. JOHN'S 55, ST. BONAVENTURE 44: Da'Shena Stevens had 17 points and 11 rebounds and scored seven during a 17-6 second-half run for the Red Storm (6-1), which never trailed and won its fifth game in a row.

AP POLL: Connecticut was a unanimous No. 1, its 47th straight week atop the poll. FSU remained at No. 15. Nebraska entered at No. 24, and TCU fell out.

Cavs stun Gophers with 3-point flurry 11/29/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 29, 2010 11:07pm]
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