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No. 21 UVA beats Louisville 68-58; Wins ACC Regular Season Championship

Virginia's Sam Hauser drives to the basket during the first half as the Louisville Cardinals...
Virginia's Sam Hauser drives to the basket during the first half as the Louisville Cardinals took on the Virginia Cavaliers at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday. March 6, 2021(Alton Strupp/Courier Journal | Alton Strupp/Courier Journal)
Updated: Mar. 7, 2021 at 12:03 AM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Sam Hauser scored a game-high 24 points, and the No. 21 UVA men’s basketball team won 68-58 at Louisville on Saturday.

The Cavaliers (17-6, 13-4 ACC) are the ACC Regular Season Champions for the 10th time in program history, and the 5th under head coach Tony Bennett.

Notre Dame upset No. 11 Florida State (15-5, 11-4 ACC) earlier in the day, which gave the ‘Hoos a chance to play for the title.

Head coach Tony Bennett says, “We were throwing water and just so excited I said, ‘Congratulations to the 2021 ACC Regular-Season Champs.’ We talked about what a title fight meant and being able to live with the results win or lose, but lay it on the line and don’t yield. I’m so grateful, I really am because it’s been a unique year to say the least and we will remember it always.

“We’ll put a mask on the ACC trophy for sure,” Bennett added, with a laugh.

Hauser says, “At the start of the year, this was one of our goals, and check the box off, but we got a lot more to do, for sure. It’s definitely great to get this championship and be a part of this program.”

The UVA defense limited Louisville to 36.8 percent shooting from their field (21-of-57), including 5-of-13 three-pointers.

Hauser pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, to go with his 24 points.

Trey Murphy III chipped in 17 points, while Jay Huff had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 blocks.

Virginia will take on the winner of 8-seed Syracuse and 9-seed NC State in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals on Thursday at noon in Greensboro.

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