LOUISVILLE – De’Andre Hunter (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a career-high 26 points to lead No. 3 Virginia to a 64-52 win at No. 18 Louisville on Saturday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Arena.
With the win, UVA became the first team in ACC history to win five road games over ranked opponents.
Junior Mamadi Diakite (Conakry, Guinea, Africa) scored 14 points and sophomore Jay Huff (Durham, N.C.) added 12 points with seven rebounds. Junior Kyle Guy (Indianapolis, Ind.) had a career-high eight rebounds and junior Ty Jerome (New Rochelle, N.Y.) had five assists.
UVA shot 59 percent in the second half in the comeback win. The Cavaliers held Louisville to 15 points on 20 percent shooting in the second half.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Louisville jumped out to the early lead and was up 25-13 with 8:44 to go in the first half. UVA used an 8-0 run to close the gap to 25-21, but the Cardinals went on another run and hit a three just before the half to lead 37-27 at the break.
The Cavaliers were down 39-27, when UVA used a 14-2 run capped off by a dunk for Huff to tie the game 41-41. Louisville was back in the lead, but the Cavaliers tied it at 47-47 and then took the lead on a layup by Guy. The Cavaliers had a 12-1 run, holding Louisville without a field goal for a five-minute span. UVA closed out the game on a 9-2 run as Louisville was without a basket for another five minutes.
GAME BALL GOES TO
De’Andre Hunter had a career-high 26 points going 9-for-11 from the field, 2-for-2 beyond the arc and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. He added four rebounds, two steals and a block.
• UVA has held Louisville to 59 or fewer points in eight of 10 contests since the Cardinals joined the ACC in 2014-15.
• Tony Bennett is 9-1 all-time vs. Louisville
• UVA outscored Louisville 38-4 in the paint and owned a 26-15 advantage in bench points
• The Cavaliers own an eight-game winning streak vs. Louisville, including a four-game winning streak at the KFC Yum! Center
• Hunter had a career high 26 points, including 19 in the second half
• The 26-point effort marked the ninth career 20-point game for Hunter
Virginia will be back at home on Wednesday, Feb. 27 to host Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.