INSTITUTE, W. Va. - UVa-Wise updated the men's basketball history book in a dominating 104-82 season opener win over Livingstone College on day one of the Earl Lloyd Classic. The Cavaliers tied the team single-game record for most three-point field goals made (18) while freshman guard Briggs Parris had a phenomenal debut as he tied the individual single-season record for most three-point field goals made (9), going 9-for-14 from downtown.
Parris led the Cavs in scoring with 31 points on 10-for-15 shooting. Junior guard Michal Seals posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists along with eight rebounds. Junior forward Tajh Eason had 15 points and nine rebounds followed by freshman guard Cameron Whiteside who had 12 points.
UVa-Wise (1-0) had an outstanding offensive showing going 36-for-71 (50.7 percent) in the contest as the Cavs went 18-for-34 (52.9 percent) from downtown and 14-for-22 (63.6 percent) from the free throw line.
Livingstone College's (0-1) Roger Ray got the scoring going with the Blue Bears taking an early lead before a three pointer by Parris gave UVa-Wise an 8-5 advantage with just under 17 minutes to go in the first half. A layup by the Blue Bears' Austin Harris would allow Livingstone to take back the lead, 11-10. The Cavs would regain the advantage on a tip in by junior forward Eric Okenchi as UVa-Wise continued to extend their lead, going ahead by nine points, 28-19, with 9:45 on the clock. The Cavs would get their largest lead of the half on another three by Parris, up by 11 points, 42-31, at the 4:21 mark. A three by Whiteside with 1:15 to go would give UVa-Wise another 11-point lead before the Cavs entered the halftime with a 47-38 lead over the Blue Bears.
The Cavs had 14 points in the paint and 12 points off of turnovers in the opening half. UVa-Wise was led in scoring in the first half by Parris who was 4-for-6 from downtown followed by freshman forward Kaeleb Carter who had seven points on 3-for-6 shooting to start.
Parris opened up the second half with another three to extend the Cavs lead to 50-38 over the Blue Bears. A jumper by junior guard Chance Sheffey would give UVa-Wise a 15-point lead, 55-40, with 17:59 to go. Parris and the UVa-Wise offense proved unstoppable with another three giving the Cavs a 17-point, 61-44 advantage. Seals would up the margin to 20 points with a three-point play, 68-48, at the 13:39 mark. A series of threes by Eason would give UVa-Wise a 23-point lead, 88-65, with 7:22 on the clock. UVa-Wise would continue to pull away with a pair of free throw shots by Whiteside putting the Cavs up by 29 points to give the team their largest lead of the night, 96-67, with 4:38 to play. The Cavs would break the 100-point mark on a layup by senior guard Rahji Langford with 2:37 to go as UVa-Wise went on to secure a 104-82 win.
UVa-Wise put up 18 points in the point while Livingstone posted 32 down low. Both teams were assisted significantly from the bench with 20 points bench points for the Cavs and 24 points off the bench for the Blue Bears.
Blake Mellinger's squad will return to action tomorrow on the final day of the Earl Lloyd Classic. The Cavs will face Elizabeth City State University with tip slated for 2 p.m.