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Huff, Hauser lead No. 9 Virginia past UNC, 60-48

Cavaliers move to 9-0 at home (6-0 in ACC)

ANDREW SHURTLEFF, THE DAILY PROGRESS 
Virginia forward Jay Huff (30) dunks the ball after being fouled during the game Saturday in Charlottesville. Virginia defeated North Carolina 60-48.
ANDREW SHURTLEFF, THE DAILY PROGRESS Virginia forward Jay Huff (30) dunks the ball after being fouled during the game Saturday in Charlottesville. Virginia defeated North Carolina 60-48. (ANDREW SHURTLEFF, THE DAILY PROGRESS)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Jay Huff had 18 points and 12 rebounds and No. 9 Virginia took control early and beat North Carolina for the seventh consecutive time 60-48. Sam Hauser added 17 points for 15-3 Virginia and Trey Murphy III had 12 as the ACC-leading Cavaliers won their fourth in a row.

“It’s always a battle of kind of imposing your will or systems against them, so I liked how we had a level of patience and movement offensively, that helped us and then we didn’t give up too many easy breakdowns. A couple at the rim but not too many,” said head coach Tony Bennett.

The Cavaliers led 21-4 midway through the first half as the Tar Heels missed 13 of their first 15 shots. North Carolina closed to within 27-18 by halftime, but never threatened. The Tar Heels finished just 2 for 16 from 3-point territory.

“It’s just hard work and preparation for the game. We spend a lot of time (on) scout and focusing on what we need to do. We’re getting better every game. That’s what I can see, so I feel like we just keep working on what we do, we’ll be good,” said Cavaliers guard Reece Beekman.

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“A lot of it was just our transition defense that’s something we worked on a lot in practice, and that’s kind of their thing and they do a really good job of it. We always have to prepare a little extra for a team like that. Props to them for the way they play. Luckily we were able to stop that for the most part,” said Cavaliers center Jay Huff.