No. 3 Virginia Jumps Out to Big Lead Against Wake Forest, Cruises to 68-45 Win

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Kyle Guy and Jay Huff scored 12 points each, and No. 3 Virginia opened with a 25-3 run in a 68-45 victory against Wake Forest on Tuesday night.

De'Andre Hunter and Mamadi Diakite had 11 points each for the Cavaliers (17-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who bounced back from a 72-70 loss at No. 2 Duke on Saturday. The victory was Virginia's seventh in a row in the series against Wake Forest and their 12th in a row overall at John Paul Jones Arena.

Brandon Childress led the Demon Deacons (8-10, 1-5) with 12 points, and Olivier Sarr had 11.

Virginia led 12-0 before Childress hit a 3-pointer for Wake Forest, their only basket in their first 13 attempts. After the Demon Deacons fell behind by 32-9, they outscored the Cavaliers 14-4 the rest of the half. Childress had eight points and Sharone Wright Jr. a pair of 3-pointers in the run for the Deacons.

In the second half, Ty Jerome started the scoring for Virginia with a 3-pointer, and Wake Forest never got closer than 14 the rest of the way.


Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons arrived among the national leaders in free-throw attempts with more than 26 per game but attempted none in the first half and just seven in the game, making five. Their offense also goes almost entirely through Childress, who leads them not only in scoring (16.8 points per game), but entered with more assists (71) than the next three top players combined (68) while playing an average of nearly 37 minutes.

Virginia: The Cavaliers showed off some offensive potential in racing to the early lead. Guy had just three of the 25 points and Jerome had none. Huff, a reserve center, had eight, and Hunter, the team's second-leading scorer, and Diakite each had seven in the blitz.


Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons return home to face Boston College on Saturday.

Virginia: The Cavaliers go on the road at play at Notre Dame on Saturday.

Team Notes

• The Cavaliers (17-1, 5-1) own a seven-game winning streak vs. Wake Forest

• UVA has a 12-game winning streak at John Paul Jones Arena

• The Cavaliers are 10-0 at JPJ in 2018-19 and 176-41 (.811) in 13 seasons overall

• UVA is 138-25 (.847), including a 103-10 (.912) mark the past seven seasons, at home under Tony Bennett.

• Virginia is an ACC-leading 52-5 (.912) in league home games over the past seven seasons. Duke is second at 50-7 (.877)

• Virginia is 67-70 all-time vs. Wake Forest, including a 41-21 mark in Charlottesville, in the series that dates back to 1910-11

• UVA has won eight of the last nine meetings in the series

• Tony Bennett is 8-4 vs. Wake Forest as head coach at Virginia

• Virginia jumped to a 25-3 lead and led 36-23 at halftime

• UVA had a season-high eight blocked shots

• UVA is 8-0 when holding opponents to 50 or fewer points (84-2 all-time under Bennett)

Player Notes

• Double-figure scorers: Kyle Guy (12), Jay Huff (12), De’Andre Hunter (11), Ty Jerome (10), Mamadi Diakite (11)

• Guy has an 18-game 3-pointer streak and has made two or more 3-pointers in each of the past nine games

• Guy became the 48th Cavalier to reach 1,000 career points

• Guy passed Malcolm Brogdon (185 3-pointers) into sole possession of eighth on UVA’s career 3-pointer list with 188

• Huff’s 12 points marked an ACC high

• Diakite matched a career high with seven rebounds

• UVA had five players in double figures for the first time this season