CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia men’s basketball team lost its third game in a row, as the No. 15 Cavaliers were upset 68-61 at home against NC State on Wednesday night.
The loss ends UVA’s 15-game winning streak at JPJ, and the ‘Hoos have dropped three-consecutive games for just the second time since 2017.
Head coach Tony Bennett says, “We’ve won some games, and battled, but you lose three games and say, ‘Hey, this is tough.’ Reality check. So we’re here. You’re gonna have to go earn it. You got to earn it. You’re gonna get people’s best shot, we know that.”
The Wolfpack jumped out to a 17-4 lead in the 1st half, and led by as many as 14 points.
UVA briefly went in front in the 2nd half, as Jay Huff made two free throws with to give the ‘Hoos a 35-33 advantage with 14:30 remaining, but they couldn’t hold it.
Freshman Cam Hayes scored 16 points for the ‘Pack, and banked in a three-pointer with 3:06 remaining to give his team a 57-49 advantage.
Sam Hauser led Virginia with 21 points, including five 3-pointers.
Jay Huff had 19 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks.
Huff says, “I told the team after the game, my redshirt year, which was however many years ago, 20 years ago, we lost four in a row early in the season, and went on to win the ACC Tournament. Nothing has changed, in terms of our goals. Can’t win ‘em all. We’re going to have to figure some things out, but it’s not the end of the world.”
Bennett adds, “My message was, ‘Don’t hang your head. You can’t do that. The pillars in our program matter, and you’ll stay unified, but one thing you must do, is you must look in the mirror, and say, ‘Am I being as physically tough, and mentally sound and tough, as I absolutely can be, to give ourselves the best chance to be as good as we can be, whatever that is.’’”
UVA (15-6, 11-4 ACC) will be back in action against Miami on Monday.
Tip-off is set for 6pm at JPJ.