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'Hoos Beat Hampton; Jeff Jones Scores First Career Basket

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The UVa men's basketball team got a game-high 20 points from Joe Harris in beating Hampton 69-40.

After Hampton tied the game at 16, Virginia went on a 23-0 run.   Harris made all seven of his shots including 4-for-4 from three point range and scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half as Virginia built a 40-19 halftime lead. 

Virginia began the second half on a 10-0 run and cruised to victory.   Justin Anderson was the only other Cavalier scoring in double figures with 12.  

Many of the UVa walk-ons played in the final minutes including Jeff Jones, who is the son of former UVa player and coach Jeff Jones.   Jones scored his first career basket finishing with two points.

Jones says, "I mean it was exciting, but I don't know the first basket wasn't that important to me. We just got to get Maleek Frazier to score, the last walk-on to score."

Marty Hudtloff said, " That was pretty nice move down low."

Jones said "thank you, Caid Kirven has been giving me a hard time about using my left hand so I've been working on it, and finished with my left."

Joe Harris says, "They call themselves the Green Machine because they wear these green pennies when they practice, all the walk-on guys, they call themselves the Green Machine so the Green Machine got it going. It was good to see they were playing competitive and not just slop around and not complete so for Jeff to get in there and kind of mix it up a little, that was good to see they were competing until the end."

Tony Bennett says, "Its always good for those guys, they work hard and they're such servants in practice so to be able to reward them. We challenged them, we said try to keep them (Hampton) under 40, they didn't do that, but they tried."

Virginia has a record of 5-1 and now travels to Texas to play SMU Friday night.


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