Kyle Guy & Braxton Key Are Key Guys for #4 Cavaliers

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Braxton Key scored a season-high 20 points against FSU Braxton Key scored a season-high 20 points against FSU
Kyle Guy made eleven consecutive three-point shots spanning the Marshall and FSU games Kyle Guy made eleven consecutive three-point shots spanning the Marshall and FSU games

The Virginia men's basketball team picked up a win in its ACC opener on Saturday, as the 4th ranked Cavaliers beat #9 Florida State 65-52.

UVa led by as many as 29-points, before Tony Bennett emptied the bench with three-minutes left in the game.

The tandem of Kyle Guy and Braxton Key were almost good enough to beat the Seminoles all by themselves.

Kyle Guy scored a game-high 21-points against FSU.

Braxton Key added 20.

Florida State didn't get to 41-points as a TEAM until the final minute of the game.

Guy says, "When we're hitting shots, and we're in a groove, and we're playing great defense, there's not much better than that."

The 20 points by Key is his highest scoring output as a Cavalier, and just the third time he's reached double figures this season.

Sophomore guard De'Andre Hunter says,  "He works his butt off in practice, and after practice.  Before practice he gets shots up, so I'm just really happy to see him have a game like that."

Junior forward Mamadi Diakite adds, "He actually gives me a lot of hard times in practice.  He's very versatile.  You could see that today.  He made some three's.  He was going to the offensive board.  I'm not surprised that he had 20 points."

Key is still getting adjusted to the Cavaliers' system, after transferring to UVa from Alabama before the start of the season.

"I know I haven't been scoring the ball the way I wanted to, or anything offensively," says Key.  "My teammates have been very lifting up for me the last couple of games.  All season, for real.  They know I can do better."

Head coach Tony Bennett says, "Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, because he has the experience, and he's a complete player."

Kyle Guy has been scorching from three-point range this season.  

The junior is hitting 48-percent of his shots from behind the line.

Guy made eleven 3-pointers in a row over the Marshall and FSU games, which broke the program record of eight in a row.

Junior guard Ty Jerome says, "It's pretty amazing.  It really is.  When you see it every day, you almost take it for granted, and expect it to go in, but every time, it's pretty awesome."

"Sometimes we don't even know if he's looking at the goal," says FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton.  "Especially on some of those out-of-bounds plays.  He'll just catch it, and turn around in the air, and knock it in."  

Bennett adds, "I think he is mechanically sound, but what he does have the ability to do is sometimes twist or turn in the air, and find it, and he can get it rolling, for sure."

Virginia will be back in action at Boston College on Wednesday.