UVa Basketball Dominates Grambling State 90-34; Improves to 4-0
Kyle Guy scored a career-high 20 points for UVa
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
The Virginia men's basketball team held an opponent to less than 40 points for the third time in its first four games, as the Cavaliers beat Grambling State 90-34 at John Paul Jones Arena Tuesday night.
UVa has held three-straight opponents under 40 points for the first time in shot-clock era, and the first time since the 1945-46 season.
The 56 point margin of victory is the third-largest in program history, and the 'Hoos scored more than 90 points for the first time since 2008.
UVa (4-0) used a 26-0 run to go up 49-9 at halftime against the Tigers.
Grambling’s nine first-half points marked the fewest allowed in a half by Virginia since since Harvard’s 8-point first half on December 21, 2014.
Freshman Kyle Guy scored a career high 20 points for the Wahoos.
Guy was 6-of-7 from the field, and made five 3-pointers.
He is the first UVa freshman to score 20 points in a game since Justin Anderson scored 24 against Iowa on March 27, 2013.
Head coach Tony Bennett says, "They played a lot of zone. Guys got rhythm shots. Kyle was hot. The basket was big. Got some pretty clean looks. Got some offensive rebounds, points off of turnovers. But you take what the defense gives you. I didn't think we were trying to force. I thought we were unselfish, moving the ball, and getting guys open, and they found Kyle."
"It feels really good right now, being out there," says Guy. "I've been trying to be really poised, and focused, and make sure I'm mentally prepared for each game. Credit to the coaching staff, and everyone else on the team who prepares me for the game."
Darius Thompson and Marial Shayok each had 12 points, as thirteen different players saw action and scored for UVa.
"Do I feel bad for the other team?" said Thompson, responding to a question in the postgame press conference. "It's hard to say I feel bad for them, but I feel excited for our defense. For us to maintain it throughout the defense, even though we were up by so much, speaks a lot for us."
St. Anne's-Belfield alum Jeff Jones hit a three-pointer late in the game for Virginia, prompting a loud cheer from the crowd at JPJ.
UVa has won 23 consecutive games on its home floor, which is the sixth-longest streak in the nation.
The Cavaliers will be back in action against Iowa at the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Florida, on Friday night at seven o'clock.
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