Animal Scott Helps Top VMI

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Mike Scott grabbed 18 rebounds Sunday.

An animal.

That’s what Sylven Landesberg called teammate Mike Scott following a 107-97 win against VMI on Sunday. It is a fairly accurate descriptor. Scott proved to be a dominant force in the paint in the victory, scoring 26 points to go with 18 rebounds, which included a school-record tying 10 offensive boards.

So what’s got into Scott so far this season? After averaging just 5.3 rebounds last year as a freshman, he has been a rebounding terror in the only two public outings for Virginia this season. Against Shepherd in an exhibition game, he pulled down 14 rebounds before piling up Sunday’s 18. Seems like the lion cub of not too long ago has grown up to be a beast of the boards.

“Mike, he’s an animal on the boards. There are times I’d try to go up with him and I’d just see him up there and I’d just put my hands down. ‘Alright Mike, it’s yours. Just take it and don’t’ hurt me,'” Landesberg said with a grin.

VMI coach Duggar Baucom was impressed with Scott’s boardwork even though the Keydets mostly use a line-up with four or more guards.

“Mike Scott. Mike, he’s a beast. We just had no answer for him,” Baucom said. “If he can do that in the ACC, that will be his challenge, but if he can do that against ACC people, then they’re going to be a lot better than everybody thought.”

Senior Mamadi Diane said that Scott has been demonstrating a similar mean streak in practice that has been on display in the early going.

“Definitely. He’s really been going after it,” Diane said. “Sometimes you think you’re about to go for a rebound and Mike’s already on it or over you to get it. It’s real good and I hope he stays that way.”

The Cavaliers better hope so too. As The Sabre pointed out in 10 questions facing Virginia basketball this season that the Cavaliers lost their top rebounder for the second straight season, meaning they must find someone to lead the charge. Scott

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