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Jontel Evans Assists UVA Win

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As the only scholarship senior on the roster, and the team's starting point guard, Jontel Evans was expected to carry a heavy load for the UVA men's basketball team this year.

After seeing little to no action on the Cavaliers first six games of the season, Evans played a key role in the 'Hoos win against Green Bay Saturday.

Evans dished out seven assists versus just two turnovers in 23-minutes against the Phoenix, and also had a career-high five steals.

The 23-minutes were a season-high, as Evans is working his way back into shape after offseason foot surgery.

Head coach Tony Bennett says, "Hopefully he'll continue to get better and better, but his ability to put pressure on the defense and get to the paint, especially after the ball rotates, makes a difference for us. That's where you saw Darion, and Akil, and the guys getting some easy buckets from that."

Evans adds, "I kind of surprised myself, getting to the paint that quick. I really didn't get there during the Wisconsin game, and Saturday it was so mind-blowing that I got there with ease, and I put myself in good positions to get my teammates open, and they did a good job of finishing."

Virginia returns to action Wednesday, as they host Tennessee at 7pm.

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