Wahoos Crush Wolfpack 76-45; Improve to 3-0 in ACC

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Joe Harris scored 16 points Joe Harris scored 16 points

The Virginia men's basketball team crushed NC State 76-45 Saturday in Raleigh.

The Cavaliers (12-4, 3-0 ACC) never trailed against the Wolfpack, and have led wire-to-wire in every ACC contest this season.

UVa blew the game open early with a 15-0 run to go up 21-4, and they lead 48-25 at halftime.

Head coach Tony Bennett says, "They had one of those games, and we had one of those games, and I think you saw it.  At halftime, I challenged them, 'Hey, is this a flash in the pan, or is this the real deal?  Let's see what we're about.'  I thought we did a good job.  I don't think we started the second half the way we started the game.  But they held their composure."

Joe Harris and Mike Tobey each scored 16 points, while Malcolm Brogdon added 13.

Akil Mitchell scored eight points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Tobey says, "We really came together as a team.  We said, 'Now this is ACC play.  We really have to step it up.'  This is how talented our team is.  We're 3-0, and we've played three really good games.  We just have to keep it up now."

"We're playing well now, as a team," adds Harris.  "A lot of guys have stepped up their game since our loss to Tennessee.  I think we've gotten things back on track."

The Virginia defense forced 16 turnovers, and held NC State to 28.9% shooting from the field.

The 'Hoos hit 29-of-62 shots from the floor (46.8%).

UVa returns to action Monday at seven o'clock at Duke.

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