November 24, 2015

Virginia has had little trouble successfully moving on from its first defeat.

That likely won't change as the No. 12 Cavaliers seek a fourth consecutive victory Wednesday night against winless Lehigh in Charlottesville.

Since shooting 40.3 percent while falling 73-68 at George Washington on Nov. 16, Virginia (4-1) has averaged 84 points and shot 56.5 percent to beat Bradley, Long Beach State and George Mason by an average of 25.7 to win the Charleston Classic.

''(The loss) was definitely tough for us and the next day we got after it again,'' Cavaliers guard London Perrantes. "We can't do anything about that loss except move on and learn from it. Hopefully, it helps us in the long run.''

Malcolm Brogdon had 21 points and Perrantes added 16 with 11 assists as the Cavaliers shot a season-high 57.1 percent, went 6 of 9 from 3-point range and committed only six turnovers in the 83-66 title-game win over George Mason on Sunday.

"I think we got back to playing Virginia basketball," 7-foot senior Mike Tobey, who 14 points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes against the Patriots, told the school's official website. "I think that was the No. 1 thing that we wanted to come out of this tournament. And it stinks that it took a loss to wake us up, but I'd rather lose in the beginning of the season than the end."

After being held to five points and committing three turnovers against the Colonials, Perrantes averaged 14.3 on 15-of-22 shooting, 7.0 assists and turned the ball over three times over the three games to earn tournament MVP honors.

"I thought London took charge of looking for himself but still running the show," coach Virginia Tony Bennett said. "I think that's important for us, and he stepped up."

Bennett has also liked his team's approach to each game since the defeat.

"I think we took a step in the right direction for the most part, but you have to start over every game," said Bennett, who has won an in-season tournament in three consecutive seasons.

That attitude likely won't change in Virginia's first meeting with Lehigh (0-4) since 1974.

"We've had three (good) games, and now we're moving forward," Perrantes said.

Lehigh, which stunned No. 2 seed Duke 75-70 in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament for its most recent victory over a Top 25 team, won 21 games the next season but went 30-32 the last two. Though the Mountain Hawks return their top five scorers from 2014-15, they've averaged 66 points, shot 39 percent and turned the ball over 13.3 times per contest while dropping their first four for the second straight year.

They last went 0-5 in 2001-02.

It was Lehigh's defense that was the issue Sunday when Columbia shot 58.3 percent and 11 of 20 from beyond the arc in an 88-61 defeat. Opponents are shooting 40 percent from 3-point range against the Mountain Hawks, who have allowed 11 3s in all but one game.

"We've got to do a better job on the perimeter to contain our individual matchups," Lehigh coach Brett Reed said.

Tim Kempton, the son of the former Notre Dame and NBA forward of the same name, leads the Mountain Hawks averaging 17.3 points and 8.0 rebounds.

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