CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Four players scored in double-figures as No. 4 Virginia closed out 2018 with a 100-64 win over Marshall on Monday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena. The win marked head coach Tony Bennett’s 300th career win.
Kyle Guy (Indianapolis, Ind.) had a career game, setting career-highs in points (30) and rebounds (8). Guy connected on 7-of-9 three-pointers, also a career-best. Ty Jerome (New Rochelle, N.Y.) added 14 points with four assists and three steals. Jay Huff (Durham, N.C.) had a season-high 14 points with eight rebounds, two blocks and two assists. De’Andre Hunter (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished with 11 points and three assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia used a 17-2 run over seven minutes to go ahead 22-7. The Cavaliers’ extended their lead to 46-19 with a 19-2 run. Virginia opened the second half with a 15-2 run that included three 3-pointers for Guy. UVA reached 100 points with a last second three-pointer by Grant Kersey (Charlottesville, Va.), marking the first time the Cavaliers have scored 100 points under Bennett.
THE GAME BALL GOES TO
Kyle Guy finished 10-of-14 from the floor, making a career-high seven three-pointers, to score 30 points for the first time in his career and adding a career-high eight rebounds. Guy scored 13 points in the first half, including eight in the 19-2 run for UVA. He hit two three-pointers and a pair of free throws in UVA’s 10-0 run to begin the second half.
• Tony Bennett recorded his 300th career win (231st at Virginia) to become the 80th active DI head coach with 300 or more wins
• UVA hit the 100-point mark for the first time since scoring 107 vs. VMI on Nov. 16, 2008
• UVA is 4-0 when scoring 90 or more points under Bennett
• UVA’s 50 first-half points marked a season high in the opening 20 minutes
• Huff made a career-best six free throws (6 of 6) and career-high eight rebounds
On the quality of play after a break:
“[I was pleased] For the most part. They are a unique team in terms of how they space the floor and some of the shots that they will take, so you have to be ready. I think we did well in the stretches, even defensively they force you to make plays off the bounce, they channel you to the hoop and over load it. It was some solid basketball, we had our moments where we had some lapses, if you look at the turnovers you can pick out some things, but overall, we played well enough and got a nice a lift and Kyle [Guy] was really shooting the cover off the ball. That was really sweet to see.”
Virginia begins Atlantic Coast Conference play next Saturday, hosting No. 9 Florida State at 3 p.m. on Jan. 5, at John Paul Jones Arena.