ACC/Big Ten Challenge Men's ACCtion: Monday, November 29 #accbtm

Nov. 29, 2010

Cavaliers Top No. 15 Minnesota 87-79 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Mustapha Farrakhan scored a career-high 23 points and Mike Scott had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Virginia to an 87-79 victory over No. 15 Minnesota on Monday night.

Joe Harris scored 24 points and the Cavaliers (4-3) made 10 of 13 3-pointers to erase a 13-point first-half deficit and hand the Golden Gophers (6-1) their first loss of the season.

Trevor Mbakwe had 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for Minnesota. But the Gophers scored just two points during a seven-minute span of the second half and couldn't complete a furious rally in the final 5 minutes.

Mbakwe's putback cut Virginia's lead to 73-67 with 2 minutes to play, but Scott responded with a three-point play to put the game out of reach.

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

KT Harrell's mid-range jumper gave them a 61-54 lead with under 9 minutes to play and Farrakhan's fast-break layup capped the 17-2 burst that put the Cavs in control.