No. 15 UVA men’s basketball defeats St. Francis 76-51 in home opener

No. 15 UVA men’s basketball defeats St. Francis 76-51 in home opener
UVA freshman Reece Beekman (Source: UVA Athletics)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia men’s basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season, as the Cavaliers defeated St. Francis 76-51 in their home opener on Tuesday.

UVA led by as many as 42 points against the Red Flash, and ten different players scored for the ‘Hoos.

The Cavaliers jumped out to a 21-4 lead in the 1st half, and they were up 45-13 at halftime.

Head coach Tony Bennett says, “We played really good basketball, defensively, and offensively, in the 1st half. We got on the glass, touched the paint, scored in the paint, offensive rebounds, some post moves. So that was good to see, and just moved, and did what we could. I think it was a step in the right direction in the 1st half. Second half, not so much, but the 1st half was.”

Jay Huff had a game-high 13 points, while making 6-of-7 shots from the field.

Kadin Shedrick came off the bench to score 12 points and grab 8 rebounds.

Reece Beekman and Tomas Woldetensae were in the starting lineup for Virginia, and all seventeen players on the roster got in the game.

“I did the, what do you call it, hockey shifts,” Bennett said, with a smile. “Shout out to the Tampa Bay Lightning, since they’re good, but I subbed to do that. You just keep trying to find what the best rotations are. Sometimes it has to do with matchups. Sometimes it has to do with how guys are playing, and performing, and you base it on that. But there is quality depth, and you saw that.”

Huff adds, “It’s interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever been on a team with this many players, and that’s really cool, because we get to see a lot of guys, a lot of combinations, we just get to see how guys work. I think that learning to play with everybody is something we’re going to have to figure out, and I think we’re learning how to do that.”

Virginia will be back in action on Friday at home against Kent State, with the tip-off set for 4 p.m.

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