RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sam Hauser and Trey Murphy III each and each scored 18 functions and No. 14 Virginia produced a stable finishing stretch to beat North Carolina Voice 64-57 on Wednesday night.
Jay Huff added 12 functions for the Cavaliers (12-3, 8-1 Atlantic Cruise Conference), who had their 15-sport ACC a hit jog stretching to closing season halted Saturday night at then-No. 20 Virginia Tech.
“I mediate we realized from that sport. We had been form of within the an identical set up of abode,” Hauser stated. “They had their bustle. In set up of abode of folding and giving in, we responded with our own bustle.”
Jericole Hellems poured in 23 functions sooner than fouling out for N.C. Voice (7-7, 3-6), which acquired actual one sport in January.
Virginia coach Tony Bennett wondered his team’s toughness after the weekend setback. They Cavaliers heard that.
“I actual took it in my knowing,” Murphy stated. “(I advised myself) I’m going to invent sure I don’t give him a reason to name me refined. We actual knew we had to return out and in fact fight this sport.”
Virginia avid gamers had been intent on being extra aggressive.
“You under no circumstances desire your coach to name you refined,” Hauser stated. “We’re silent recuperating in that set up and that confirmed tonight.”
Hellems’ jumper gave the Wolfpack a 46-45 lead with out a longer up to 6 1/2 minutes remaining as Virginia continued an eight-minute span with out a self-discipline just.
Hauser hit a 3-pointer to damage the drought, allowing the Cavaliers to make a 50-46 edge with 5: 38 to play. Huff converted a 3-point play to stretch the lead to 55-48.
“I become pleased with these guys for their fight,” N.C. Voice coach Kevin Keatts stated. “I mediate this team has realized a lot about themselves these closing couple games.”
Hauser scored 11 functions within the fundamental 10 minutes, pushing Virginia to a 19-13 profit.
5 minutes later, Hellems reached the 14-point imprint and the Wolfpack led 22-19, aided by the Cavaliers’ 6 1/2-minute scoring drought. Virginia scored the following nine functions and led 28-24 at the wreck.
Virginia acquired its seventh straight boulevard sport within the sequence.
Virginia: While the ACC-leading Cavaliers had difficulty scoring from the self-discipline every so often, they made 20 of 22 free throws (90.9%). They entered the week third nationally in free-throw taking pictures at 80.4%.
“That’s fundamental,” Bennett stated. “It’s upright to understand we purchased just a few extra (attempts by) driving.”
Virginia had tried handiest 24 sinister shots within the previous four games combined.
N.C. Voice: Hellems, a junior swingman, has save apart up profession-excessive point totals in consecutive games for the reason that Wolfpack lost scoring leader Devon Daniels to a season-ending knee damage closing week.
“He’s getting what he’s earned,” teammate Braxton Beverly stated of Hellems. “I couldn’t be any extra pleased with him for what he’s doing, the formula he’s stepping up. He’s been a huge discover for us.”
All of Virginia’s scoring got here from its starters. Four substitutes played, going a combined 0-for-4 from the self-discipline and collecting one rebound, one abet and one employ.
Every of the Virginia starters played a minimal of 33 minutes, with Hauser logging a team-excessive 38 minutes.
“We had to plod them and hurry along with them,” Bennett stated. “We had to make utilize of our timeouts to the most efficient of our potential.”
N.C. Voice acquired scoring from eight avid gamers. Bennett stated the Cavaliers will need extra neatly-rounded contributions.
“That doesn’t mean the bench acquired’t abet every so often,” he stated.
N.C. Voice forward D.J. Funderburk, who become held out of Sunday night’s loss at Syracuse due to “college policies,” become encourage in circulation. He entered about 5 minutes into the sport, finishing with nine functions — all within the 2d half of. He scored a team-excessive 14 functions in closing season’s discover at Virginia.
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N.C. Voice will hurry to Virginia for a rematch in three weeks. The Feb. 24 pairing become announced earlier Wednesday amid several agenda adjustments internal the ACC. The groups had been slated to meet Jan. 20, but that sport become postponed due to N.C. Voice’s coronavirus protocols.
Virginia: Hosts Pittsburgh on Saturday, a matchup announced earlier Wednesday after the Louisville-Virginia sport become nixed due to Louisville’s coronavirus considerations.
N.C. Voice: At Boston College on Saturday.
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