CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Joe Harris scored 17 points and Paul Jesperson added a career-high nine as Virginia cruised to a 63-44 win over Lamar in NIT Tip-Off consolation action on Monday night.
Stan Brown had 11 points and six rebounds to lead Lamar.
Virginia shot 43.4 percent (22 of 53) and held Lamar to 32.6 percent (15 of 46). The Cavaliers turned 14 Lamar turnovers into 31 points.
Virginia (3-2) exploded out of the gates against the winless Cardinals (0-4).
Jesperson, a sophomore who made just five 3-pointers last season, hit three from behind the arc in the game’s first 6 minutes and 34 seconds to propel Virginia to a 16-6 lead.
Lamar, which came into the game averaging 24 turnovers, committed five within the first eight minutes.