CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Sam Hauser scored a game-high 23 points, while making 8-of-9 shots from the field, and the #14 Virginia men’s basketball team defeated Pitt 73-66 on Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Cavaliers improve to 8-0 on their homecourt with the win.
UVA led 30-27 at halftime, but used a 12-0 run early in the 2nd half to take command of the game.
The ‘Hoos made 12-of-24 shots from three-point range, including three from both Hauser and Jay Huff.
Tomas Woldetensae hit four 3-pointers, and scored 14 points off the bench.
Huff had 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Kihei Clark had 11 points and 8 assists.
“I don’t think we won it with our defense today, or even our soundness with the ball, with some of the turnovers,” says head coach Tony Bennett. “Or our rebounding, defensively. Some of those areas, they weren’t good enough. But Tomas hitting some shots, some good decision making. Jay hitting some three’s, and then Sam just playing a heck of a game was the difference.”
“Our team understands we’re not going to be able to win games like that for a majority of the time,” says Hauder. “Today, we did, but when it gets later in the season, and games mean even more, you’re going to have to win with your defense. He emphasized that, and that’s why we go to practice every day, and keep working at it.”
Virginia (13-3, 9-1 ACC) will be back in action at Georgia Tech on Wednesday.