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Green Bay vs. Virginia Basketball: Cavaliers cruise in 2nd half, win 67-51

Virginia's Akil MIthcell and Joe Harris each scored 20 as the Cavaliers drop the Horizon League's Green Bay

Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Still more than a month away from their ACC debut against North Carolina, Virginia gets another non-conference win, this time against the Horizon League's Green Bay. Despite only leading by four at the half, the Cavaliers exploded in the second half for 36 to defeat the Green Bay Phoenix, 67-51.

The Cavaliers were led by forward Akil Mitchell, who scored 20 and added nine rebounds. The junior from Charlotte was nine of 12 from the field and 2-2 from the line for a fine shooting day. Guard Joe Harris, the Cavs' leading scorer of the season, was equally fine, hitting eight of 14 shots for his 20.

Leading Green Bay was F-C Alec Brown, who scored 14 on 5-of-11 shooting and hit two three-pointers in three attempts. Guard Keifer Sykes added 12 points in a losing effort for the Phoenix.

Virginia is coming off its best victory of the season, a surprising 60-54 defeat of Wisconsin, a perennially difficult Big Ten team. The Cavaliers are now 6-2 on the season.