CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Trey Murphy III and Sam Hauser combined for 36 points, and the No. 14 Virginia men’s basketball won 64-57 at NC State on Wednesday night.
Murphy and Hauser each scored 18 points, and they both went 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
“With the way they play defense, we were just taking what they gave us,” says Murphy. “When they’re overplaying like that, I can get backdoor cuts, and a lot of dunks. I was just being strong with the ball, and a lot of the fouls, they were just bonus fouls, so I’ll take ‘em, for sure.”
UVA led by as many as nine points midway through the 2nd half, but they went eight minutes without a field goal, and the Wolfpack went up 46-45 with less than 6:30 remaining.
The Wahoos responded with a 12-2 run down the stretch, and they were able to hold on for their 8th conference win of the season.
It was a much different result then the previous game against Virginia Tech, when the Cavaliers had no answer for the Hokies during a 19-0 run in the 2nd half.
“We made some plays, and got to the free throw line through drives, and even the three’s we missed, for the most part, were good shots,” says head coach Tony Bennett. “They showed some, the idea of not yielding. I kept saying that in the timeout, ‘Don’t yield, don’t yield.’ I was glad to see we hung tough, and came away with a good road victory.”
Hauser says, “You never want your coach to call you soft, so you take that pretty personally. We responded pretty well tonight. We were physical. Obviously, some things to clean up, and work on, still, but we were physical. We were tough minded, and that’s why we came out on top.”
UVA made 20-of-22 free throws in the game, but they had zero points off the bench, as the starters were the only players to score for the ‘Hoos.
Jay Huff had 12 points and six rebounds, while Kihei Clark added eight points and six assists.
Virginia (12-3, 8-1 ACC) will be back in action at home against Pitt on Saturday at 4pm.
The Cavaliers were originally supposed to play Louisville at that time, but the Panthers were substituted for the Cardinals, due to COVID-19 issues in the Louisville program.