CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Three players finished in double-figures as No. 2 Virginia (26-2, 14-2 ACC) cruised to a 73-46 win over Pitt (12-17, 2-14 ACC) on Saturday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena.
Junior Kyle Guy (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the Cavaliers with 17 points, going 5-for-7 beyond the arc. Junior Ty Jerome (New Rochelle, N.Y.) had 13 points and sophomore De’Andre Hunter (Philadelphia, Pa.) had 12 points with a team-high five assists.
UVA led by as many as 27 in the win. Virginia shot 59 percent, while holding Pitt to 39 percent shooting. UVA had the advantage in rebounds (25-24) and points in the paint (28-16).
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia used a 16-0 run, that included back-to-back three-pointers by Guy, to take a 27-10 advantage over Pitt in the first half. The Cavaliers held the Panthers without a score for 6:08. Virginia had a 39-19 lead going into halftime. UVA opened the first half with a 6-0 run. The Cavaliers remained in control, stretching their lead to 27 several times in the win.
THE GAME BALL GOES TO
Kihei Clark (Woodland Hills, Calif.) finished with six points, going 2-for-2 from the floor and the free throw line. He also dished out four assists and had three rebounds and two steals.
• UVA held its fifth opponent (first ACC) to fewer than 20 first-half points
• The Cavaliers are 10-0 when limiting opponents to fewer than 50 points (86-2 all-time under Bennett)
• UVA has held 22 opponents to 40 percent or less field goal shooting and 25 opponents to 33 percent or less 3-point shooting
• UVA tied a season high with nine steals
• Guy (five 3-pointers) moved into fifth on UVA’s single-season 3-pointers list with 86. Guy also ranks sixth on the same list with 83 3-pointers last season
On Kihei Clark’s performance:
“[Kihei Clark] did a good job. Obviously, his assists. That was quick on quick when you’re talking about [Xavier Johnson] and [Kihei Clark] going at it. Those are two quick guys. I thought [Kihei Clark] really set the tone for us defensively and then he set the tone with his ball security. He touched the paint, finding some guys. I thought he really ignited our defense.”
Virginia will travel to Syracuse on Monday, March 4 for a 7 p.m. tip at the Carrier Dome. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.