Duke upsets No. 7 Virginia 66-65 for 3rd straight ACC win
Duke Men’s Basketball takes on the University of Virginia Cavaliers in the first half at the Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2021 at Durham, North Carolina. “It seemed like everybody contributed to making a big play, big plays down (at) the end," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. BIG PICTURE:Virginia: The Cavaliers were coming off Monday's 81-60 loss to the Seminoles, marking their most lopsided ACC defeat in four years. UP NEXTVirginia: The Cavaliers host North Carolina State on Wednesday. Duke: The Blue Devils host Syracuse on Monday.
The Latest: North Carolina men's hoops seeking a home game
The program’s official Twitter account posted Monday that the Tar Heels are seeking a home game for this week. 18 Virginia Tech was postponed, the third Atlantic Coast Conference home game called off for the program. ___Vanderbilt says a limited number of students from its senior class can attend the men’s basketball home game Wednesday with Kentucky. ___The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday that Clemson's men's basketball game at Notre Dame scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues. AdThe conference says in a release that the postponement follows a positive test, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Clemson men’s program.
Huff, Hauser lead No. 9 Virginia past UNC, 60-48
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. The Cavaliers led 21-4 midway through the first half as the Tar Heels missed 13 of their first 15 shots. Luckily we were able to stop that for the most part,” said Cavaliers center Jay Huff.
Sam Hauser scores 23 as No. 14 Virginia beats Pitt 73-66
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Sam Hauser scored 10 of his 23 points during a key second-half stretch, and No. 14 Virginia pulled away from Pittsburgh for a 73-65 victory. Hauser, Jay Huff and Tomas Woldetensae all hit back-to-back 3-pointers in a 23-9 surge that turned a 36-all game into a 59-45 lead for the Cavaliers. Woldetensae had 14 points and Huff finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Also credit to Pittsburgh’s scrap and their ability to put pressure on the rim but we hung in there and certainly grateful for the victory,” said Virginia head coach Tony Bennett.
Hauser, Murphy lead No. 14 Virginia past NC State, 64-57
Virginia's Sam Hauser (10) shoots as N.C. State's Dereon Seabron (1) defends during the first half of N.C. State’s game against Virginia at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, February 3, 2021. RALEIGH, N.C. – Sam Hauser and Trey Murphy III each scored 18 points and No. 14 Virginia produced a strong finishing stretch to beat North Carolina State 64-57. Jericole Hellems poured in 23 points before fouling out for N.C. State, which won just one game in January. Virginia endured an eight-minute span without a field goal in the second half but Huff and Hauser ignited the Cavaliers’ offense down the stretch.
Hauser, Huff lead No. 8 Virginia past Syracuse 81-58
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Sam Hauser hit seven of Virginia’s 14 3-pointers and the No. 8 Cavaliers cruised to an 81-58 victory against Syracuse. Hauser hit five 3s before halftime as Virginia took a 41-26 lead into the locker room. Virginia’s Jay Huff added a career-high 21 points to go along with 12 rebounds. “I liked our movement and how we shared the ball,” said Virginia head coach Tony Bennett.
Hauser, Clark lift No. 13 Virginia past Georgia Tech, 64-62
13 Virginia survived a scare before rallying to beat Georgia Tech 64-62. Kihei Clark scored only two points for 10-2 Virginia, but they came on a short jumper with 1:09 left that broke a 62-all tie. They’re really good at playing with great confidence, they play fast and they’re quick. What I saw down the stretch is, I thought our on-ball defense really stepped up. They played really good defense, but I think we could get some of what we wanted.
Cavaliers put five in double figures in downing Notre Dame 80-68
Charlottesville, Va. – Jay Huff scored 18 points and Sam Hauser had 15 points and nine rebounds as No. 18 Virginia beat Notre Dame 80-68 for its fourth consecutive victory. The 7-foot-1 Huff made a career-best four 3-pointers - all in the first half - as the 8-2 Cavaliers opened an 18-10 lead and built it to 37-25 by halftime. Cormac Ryan scored 16 and Trey Wertz 13 for the 3-8 Fighting Irish, who lost their fourth in a row. They are 0-11 against Virginia in ACC play.
Huff’s 13 lead No. 15 Virginia past St. Francis (Pa), 76-51
15 Virginia rebounded from a stunning loss to San Francisco with a 76-51 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.). Kadin Shedrick had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers, who won their 24th consecutive home opener. Sam Hauser added 11 points and Trey Murphy had 10. Bryce Laskey led the Red Flash with 12 points and Mark Flagg had 11. Virginia put this one away quickly, opening a 21-4 lead before the game was eight minutes old.
Jay Huff returning to UVA for senior season
ROANOKE, Va. In an Instagram post where he attempted to trick his followers and fans, Jay Huff certainly wasnt joking when he announced his intentions to return to Charlottesville for his senior season. Between lots of prayer with my family and those close to me, Ive made the decision Im at peace with. So in the words of Michael Jordan, IM BACK. Cant wait for one more year in Charlottesville, Huff said. During the 2019-2020 season, Huff started 18 games and averaged 8.5 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks per game (ranking 4th in the ACC). His decision to return is a huge boost to the Cavaliers program, that will also see the return of Kihei Clark, Casey Morsell and Tomas Woldentensae.
Virginia snaps 3-game skid with 63-58 win over Georgia Tech
ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) – Jay Huff and Mamadi Diakite scored 17 points apiece as defending national champion Virginia snapped a three-game losing streak with a 63-58 win over Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers finally regained their winning touch after dropping out of The Associated Press ranking for the first time since November 2017. Virginia led by as many as 14 in the second half, and held on after Yellow Jackets ripped off a 9-0 run to make a game of it. Georgia Tech lost its fourth straight home game despite 20 points from Jose Alvarado. The Yellow Jackets haven’t won at McCamish Pavilion since Dec. 4.