CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Kyle Guy (Indianapolis, Ind.) De’Andre Hunter (Philadelphia, Pa.) led No. 4 Virginia to a 60-54 win over Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena.
Guy scored a game-high 22 points, including the first eight of the game. Hunter finished with a double-double, scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Virginia shot 37 percent, while Notre Dame shot 35 percent for the game. UVA won the battle on the boards, 36-33.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Guy hit back-to-back threes and scored the first eight points for the Cavaliers. Ty Jerome (New Rochelle, N.Y.) hit a three to give UVA an 11-4 lead. Notre Dame cut the lead to one before a 7-0 run put UVA ahead 27-19. UVA took a 29-25 lead into the half. The Cavaliers had a 10-3 run to lead 39-30 early in the second, but the Irish cut it to one several times. UVA had its largest lead of the game, 54-44, with 4:54 to play. Notre Dame hung around and cut it to two twice, but UVA closed out the win going 6-for-6 on free throws down the stretch.
GAME BALL GOES TO
Guy and Hunter both has scored 20 points in the last two games. Hunter had his third career double-double in the win over the Irish. Guy had four 3-pointers and was 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 30 seconds of the game.
• Virginia’s (22-2, 10-2 ACC) swept the two-game series vs. Notre Dame and has a three-game winning streak in the series
• The Cavaliers extended their school record of consecutive ACC winning seasons to eight
• UVA has won 22 or more games for the eighth straight season, also a school record
• Guy has a 24-game 3-point streak
• Mamadi Diakite (2 blocked shots) extended his blocked shot streak to 17 games
On the close-game at the end:
“It’s a credit to [Notre Dame]. You never apologize for a victory in a league like this. And that was good play on their part. [There were] a couple of turnovers, a breakdown or two defensively, but we made enough plays and made the free-throws. We were up by 10 with five minutes left and you would like to have gotten a shot every time and have made them earn it – they made a couple plays. But, concern, you want to clean that up and be better. We did enough against a team that was playing very solidly.”
Virginia will have another quick turnaround with a Commonwealth Clash on Monday, Feb. 18 at Virginia Tech. Tip is set for 7 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum.