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Scott's 33 helps Virginia escape Seattle with win

Dec 22, 2011 - 8:42 AM Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Mike Scott scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, leading No. 24 Virginia to a narrow 83-77 win over Seattle on Wednesday night.

Joe Harris added 14 points, Sammy Zeglinski had 11 and Malcolm Brogdon finished with 10 for the Cavaliers (10-1), who have won eight straight games.

"He was in a zone," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said of Scott. "His touch was great. He adds the versatility of going back to basket and post you up or shoot that mid-range jumper."

Aaron Broussard poured in 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting in the loss. Sterling Carter chipped in 17 points and Clarence Trent had 12 for the Redhawks (2-8), losers of six straight.

Scott went 12-of-14 from the field, 9-of-11 from the foul line and had six offensive rebounds.

Still, Virginia didn't take its first lead until Harris' trey made it 46-43 with 16:23 remaining. The advantage increased to 63-49, but Seattle reeled off a 19-4 run to reclaim the lead, 68-67, with 3 1/2 minutes left.

A back-and-forth finish ensued.

A pair of Brogdon free throws gave the Cavaliers a 78-75 lead with a minute remaining. Broussard made it a one-point game with a layup on the other end, but Scott answered with a layup, then went 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to seal Virginia's first eight-game win streak since 2009-10.

Despite the loss, Seattle proved a significant threat to the Cavaliers' streak.

The Redhawks scored 77 points -- the most allowed by Virginia this season -- and led by as many as eight in the first half before taking a 38-36 lead into the break.

Virginia had held each of its previous 10 opponents under 60 points this season.

"They made some tough shots," said Bennett. "They had energy. We were up 14 and it shouldn't have come to that point where they came back."

Game Notes

The all-time series is tied, 1-1. Seattle won the only other meeting, 59-53, last season in Charlottesville...Virginia has held five of its opponents to under 50 points this season.