Virginia men's basketball secured its second straight victory over a ranked opponent on Saturday after an offensive explosion. The Cavaliers beat 12th ranked Villanova 86-75, scoring over 80 points for the sixth time this season.
The Cavaliers hot 56.5 percent from the field for the fifth time this season to secure the win over the Wildcats. Although the Cavs struggled to keep the ball in the first half, committing 11 turnovers, the 'Hoos clean things up in the second half. Virginia only committed four turnovers in the second half, shooting over 58 percent and recording seven triples.
They Said It: “We hit our shots. We shot the three-ball well and made our free throws," said UVA head coach Tony Bennett. "We broke their pressure a couple of times and got some easy baskets. Guys just played well offensively. They had us rattled. We had 12 turnovers, but I thought in the second half we got into the paint and made the extra pass. Those were all big shots. Eight of 12 from three is obviously significant.”
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They Said It: “They played pretty hard defensively off the ball," said UVA guard London Perrantes. "They wanted to get in the passing lanes. I think we took care of the ball and got some good shots every time down. In the first half, we had some silly turnovers. But, I think we got what we wanted the whole game. That goes to us being patient and taking what they give us.”
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By the Numbers: 75-Virginia gave up the most points since they gave up 80 against Miami last season in double overtime. 6-UVA scored over 80 points for the sixth time this season. 4:41- Nova had two scoring droughts that last 4:41 to help the Cavaliers get the win 2- UVa only had two three pointers in the first half; went 7-for-10 in the second. 23- Kris Jenkins recorded the most points against the Cavs Travis Trice last season.
Whats Next: Virginia will now host California Golden Bears basketball on Tuesday night. Tip off is slated for 9 P.M.
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