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No.4 Virginia Rallies to Beat VCU 57-49

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Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome combined to score 29 points as No. 4 Virginia held off Virginia Commonwealth 57-49 on Sunday.

Guy scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half, while Jerome put up 11 of his 14 after the break.

Virginia (9-0) missed 13 of its first 15 shots after the break and VCU (7-3), coming off its road upset of Texas on Wednesday, led 37-36 midway through the second half.

Isaac Vann led the Rams with 10 points as VCU played its closest contest with Virginia since its 59-56 victory in 2013. Since then, the Cavaliers have won three straight.

Kihei Clark played with a cast on his injured left wrist but still started the game and logged 33 minutes, scoring nine points and dishing out four assists for Virginia.

Team Notes

• Virginia has started 9-0 for the first time since starting 19-0 in 2014-15

• UVA is 70-6 in nonconference action at John Paul Jones Arena under Bennett

• UVA is 5-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 50 points (81-2 all-time under Bennett)

• The Cavaliers are 123-35 all-time in non-conference play under Bennett

• UVA is 13-2 all-time vs. VCU with a three-game winning streak

• UVA is 3-0 vs. Atlantic 10 opponents in 2018-19

• Bennett recorded his 297th career win (227th at Virginia)

• UVA went 10 of 12 from the free throw line to gain a 29-24 halftime lead

• VCU started the second half with a 7-0 run

• UVA shot a season-low 29.5 percent field goal shooting (13 of 44)

• UVA is 5-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 50 points (81-2 all-time under Bennett)

• The Cavaliers drilled a season-high 26 free throws

Player Notes

• Double-figure scorers: Kyle Guy (15), Ty Jerome (14)

• Bennett announced after the game that Kihei Clark (9 points, 4 assists) will have surgery on Monday to repair a broken left wrist. Clark suffered the injury vs. Morgan State and played today’s game with a cast

• Jerome matched a career high with eight rebounds

• De’Andre Hunter was held to a season-low nine points