No. 9 UVA tops North Carolina 60-48; Earns seventh-consecutive win against UNC

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett calls a play during the...
ANDREW SHURTLEFF, THE DAILY PROGRESS Virginia head coach Tony Bennett calls a play during the game against North Carolina Saturday in Charlottesville.(andrew shurtleff | ACC)
Updated: Feb. 13, 2021 at 8:31 PM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Jay Huff scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and the No. 9 Virginia men’s basketball team defeated North Carolina 60-48 on Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena.

UVA has won seven consecutive games against the Tar Heels, which is their longest streak since winning the first eight games in the series, which began in 1911.

The 12 rebounds match a career-high for Huff, and he also blocked four shots.

Sam Hauser scored 17 points for the ‘Hoos, while Trey Murphy III added 12.

Freshman Reece Beekman only scored one point, but he set new career-high’s in rebounds (8) and assists (7).

The Cavaliers recorded an assist on 16 of their 19 made field goals, and they hit 10-of-22 shots from three-point range.

UVA held UNC to 34-percent shooting from the field (20-of-58), and 2-for-16 from the three-point line.

The Tar Heels did not have a player reach double-figures in scoring.

The last time that happened was March 4, 1966, when UNC lost 21-20 against Duke in the ACC Tournament in Raleigh.

Huff says, “There is something satisfying, and I think the longer you’re in the program, the more you appreciate it, there’s something satisfying about holding a team that scores a lot of points, to very few points. The way we get back in transition is really what does that for us.”

“It’s always a battle of imposing your will, or systems, or what have you, against them,” adds head coach Tony Bennett. “I liked how we had a level of patience and movement, offensively. That helped us, and then we didn’t give up too many easy breakdowns.”

The Cavaliers have held UNC to fewer than 50 points in four of the last seven meetings.

Virginia (15-3, 11-1 ACC) is scheduled to be back in action on Monday at 17th ranked Florida State.

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