In the first-ever men's basketball game between UVa and Virginia Tech when both schools were ranked in the Top Ten, the #4 Cavaliers came away with a dominating 81-59 victory against the #9 Hokies on Tuesday night at John Paul Jones Arena.
UVa (16-0, 4-0 ACC) made 10-of-14 three-point tries in the 1st half, and jumped out to a 44-22 lead.
The Hokies (14-2, 3-1 ACC) were never able to get closer than 14 points in the 2nd half.
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett say, "Do you do well what matters most? We talked about that. What matters most is getting them, transition defense, bothering their shooters, and running our offense hard, so they'd have to guard. We talked about that, that was part of it. I thought they handled the emotion well. The crowd, you could feel it, but I thought they had complete composure, and I thought they didn't get caught up in, this is a rivalry game, or a Top Ten opponent."
Sophomore De'Andre Hunter scored a game-high 21 points for Virginia.
"I just tried to be aggressive in the post," says Hunter. "We knew that they were going to trap, and when they did, they stopped trapping for some reason, I just tried to take advantage of the dude that was guarding me."
Junior Ty Jerome set a John Paul Jones Arena with 12 assists, and scored 14 points for his first career double-double.
The Cavaliers shot 58.5-percent from the field in the game (31-of-53), and they made 13-of-24 three-point attempts.
Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams says, "It's a little bit of pick your poison, because I don't think there is ever a non-shooter, or a non-offensive player on the floor. I think they're incredibly sound in what they do. They're doing more than what they've done in the past. I think it utilizes that talent."
UVa has started 16-0 for the first time since winning nineteen-consecutive games to begin the 2014-15 season, and they have a nine-game winning streak against ranked opponents.
Virginia will be back in action at #1 Duke on Saturday at 6pm, while the Hokies host Wake Forest on Saturday at 4pm.
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