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Virginia beats Longwood 85-72 in Bennett debut

Nov 14, 2009 - 2:15 AM CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.(AP) -- The Tony Bennett coaching era at Virginia began with an 85-72 win against Longwood on Friday night.

Bennett, the former Washington State coach, was hired in April to replace Dave Leitao.

Virginia, behind 23 points from Sylven Landesberg and 17 from Mustapha Farrakhan, defeated Longwood in both team's season openers.

The Cavaliers, who led 49-27 at halftime, were without sophomore center Assane Sene and senior forward Jamil Tucker.

Sene was suspended for the first three games of the season by Bennett "for conduct detrimental to the team," while the school announced on Wednesday that Tucker was taking an indefinite personal leave of absence from the team.

Both Sene and Tucker were expected to be significant contributors to this year's squad. Both were in the arena in street clothes.

The Lancers were led by Antwan Carter's 18 points.