#14 UVa Basketball Rises Above Tough Challenge at Virginia Tech
While Virginia entered Cassell Coliseum on a nine game winning streak on Tuesday night, the Hokies came to play.
"They had the orange out," said UVa's Justin Anderson. "They were a really good crowd."
Virginia Tech's zone defense halted the 'Hoos from getting any inside looks for a majority of the game.
Virginia Head Coach Tony Bennett (22-5, 13-1 ACC) said, "That's the first time we've played against a team that played all zone against us all year. You need to make some three's. You do. If you look at the teams they've played since they've gone exclusively to this - their three's have really gone up."
UVa first year London Perrantes helped the Cav's find triples with three key assists in the final four minutes.
Perrantes said, "The zone definitely impacted us more than the fans."
Perrantes also scored in double figures for the second time this season to help lead the 'Hoos to their 57-53 victory over their in state rival.
"I saw some openings and I took them with confidence." said Perrantes. "We definitely needed those buckets. As long as I have confidence in myself, I'm hoping that it goes in."
The #14 Cavaliers have now set a school record with seven ACC road wins. While UVa lost to teams like Tennessee, Wisconsin and VCU earlier this season, they say this is a totally different team.
"We've just stayed confident in our game and confident in our system" said Anderson. "We're continuing to do what works best and that is to defend first and let our offense come."
"It's a different team," added Bennett. "Our guys have to understand that. I understand that and I think they do, it's just this is conference play late in the year, on the road, all across the country. Even at home, it's a battle."
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