Nov. 19, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Behind a pace-setting, 23 point, eight-rebound performance by redshirt-freshman De’Andre Hunter, Virginia found the right mixing of players to pull away from Monmouth, 73-53, Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena.
It took Virginia (4-0) the better part of the first half to find its mojo, but with the help of a 13-0 run over the course of four minutes, the Cavaliers built a 39-21 halftime lead.
Monmouth (2-2) struggled against the Cavs’ pack-line defense as most of its shots were contested, and resulted in a 33 percent shooting effort.
UVa used its size and deep bench and outgained the Hawks 30-16 inside and its bench outscored Monmouth’s 44-27.
Monmouth: Monmouth will face a diverse group of teams before Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, facing three Ivy League opponents and a top-10 Kentucky team in the next month.
Virginia: Escaping potential early season scares from Virginia Commonwealth and Monmouth, the youthful Cavaliers will continue to learn how to mix its talent.
Monmouth will continue its southern swing of opponents, next heading to face UNC-Asheville Wednesday.
The Cavaliers will travel to New York and face Vanderbilt on Thanksgiving Day as part of the NIT Season Tip-off.