Virginia got it's first road victory of 2010-11 Monday night with an 87-79 upset of 15th ranked Minnesota in the opening game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Cavs were led by Mustapha Farrakhan who scored a career high 23 points. Mike Scott tallied his fourth double double on the season as he scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Virginia (4-3) found itself down by ten points at the end of the first half but managed to put 58 points on the board in the second half as they outscored Minnesota (6-1) by 18 to come away victorious. The Hoos shot 47 percent as a team from the field including a sizzling 10 for 13 from behind the three point line and hit 25 of their 30 free throws.
Freshman Joe Harris scored a game and career-high 24 points which included four shots from beyond the arc. Minnesota was led by senior Blake Hoffarber who scored 19 points for the game, hitting five treys. Forward Trevor Mbakwe recorded a double double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Ralph Sampson III was held to only two points and only managed two shots as he was limited with foul trouble for most of the game.
Virginia will now open up ACC play Sunday night as they travel to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech at 6 p.m.