BLACKSBURG, Va. – No. 3 Virginia (23-2, 11-2 ACC) swept the Commonwealth Clash with a 64-58 win at No. 20 Virginia Tech (20-6, 9-5 ACC) at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.
Three players finished in double figures, led by Kyle Guy’s (Indianapolis, Ind.) 23 points. Guy has now scored 20+ points in three consecutive games. Ty Jerome (New Rochelle, N.Y.) added 16 points and six assists. De’Andre Hunter (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished with 10 points. Kerry Blackshear led VT with 23 points.
UVA shot 46 percent and was 40 percent from beyond the arc, with 11 three-pointers made. Virginia Tech shot 39.7 percent and just 10 percent beyond the arc. The Cavaliers had a 31-28 edge in rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia took its first lead, 16-13, on a three for Guy at the 9:24 mark in the first half. Another three for Guy and a four-point play by Jerome gave the Cavaliers a 23-16 lead. UVA was up 32-29 at the half. VT tied the game 34-34 out of the break, but a three for Jerome put the Cavaliers back in the lead. A 9-2 run put UVA ahead 48-38 with 11:08 to play. Virginia had its largest lead, 56-43, after threes by Jerome and Braxton Key (Charlotte, N.C.) and a dunk for Hunter. VT stayed close, but Key hit another three to push it back to 10 as UVA took the win.
THE GAME BALL GOES TO
Kyle Guy had his third-straight 20-point game with 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Guy matched his career-high with six 3-pointers and added a team-high seven rebounds.
• UVA is 7-2 vs. ranked opponents (both losses vs. Duke)
• UVA is 8-1 in true road games
• UVA is 4-0 against teams from the Commonwealth of Virginia, posting wins against VCU (57-49) and William & Mary (72-40) and Virginia Tech (81-59 and 64-58)
• Guy has a three-game 20-point streak (12th career 20-point game), first UVA player to achieve the feat since Malcolm Brogdon in 2015-16 (Feb. 15-27, 2016)
• Guy passed London Perrantes (211 3-pointers, 2014-17) for sixth all-time on UVA’s career 3-pointers list with 212
On Three-pointers and Defense:
“I think in the first half they missed wide open shots. They are hard to guard, they run good actions, slips, they can shoot it. We didn’t do a good job. We were very poor with our underneath defense. We gave up so many easy baskets, then they just missed threes. They hit some early second half. I thought we at least were there contesting challenging and maybe at times made them miss. We played a better, sounder, tougher game physically and mentally. First half that wasn’t the case, second half it was for us.”
Virginia remains on the road this weekend, traveling to No. 18 Louisville on Saturday, Feb. 23 for a noon tip at the KFC Yum! Center.
The Virginia-Virginia Tech game is part of the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529, which is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams of the Cavaliers and Hokies. UVA won a half point in the series and trails VT, 5-3.5.