Jeremy Sheppard (© Amber Searls/USA Today)

UVA hands ECU its third loss on the season

Charlottesville, V.A.-- The Virginia Cavaliers came to play Tuesday night, running away with the game and defeating the Pirates by a score of 76-53. The Pirates were not able to match Virginia's defensive intensity, which caused them to shoot below 40 percent for the game.

East Carolina was simply outplayed in their game against the Virginia on Tuesday.

The Cavaliers' defense stifled the Pirates, who had an abysmal day shooting, shooting 38 percent from the field and 43 percent from the three-point line.Virginia on the other hand shot 56 percent from the field and 42 percent from beyond the arc.

UVa was also able to control the game defensively. The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Pirates, had more assists, forced 13 turnovers, six steals, and blocked five shots.

Virginia also had five players score in double digits, which added to their dominance offensively.Their bench also outscored ECU's 47-28.

The only consistent play came from freshman guard Jeremy Shepard, who scored 17 points and had two assists, while playing only 21 minutes. Shepard continues to be the bright spot for the team, as he has become a reliable player on both ends of the court.

He was also recently named AAC Rookie of the week. In his previous three games, he has averaged 13 points.

Following the loss, ECU falls to 7-3. They will be back in action at home on Dec. 15 against the College of Charleston, who are currently 6-3.

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