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#15 Virginia defeats Lehigh, 75-54

uva basketball#15 Virginia never could entirely shake Lehigh Saturday, but the ‘Hoos ultimately did more than enough in posting a 75-54 win.

The Cavaliers (8-0) were lights-out on the offensive end, shooting 52.1 percent from the floor, but the Mountain Hawks (4-4) were able to hang around with a decent effort against the UVA Pack Line D, connecting on 10 three-pointers.

Virginia led 39-23 at the break, using an 18-5 run over a seven-minute stretch to break open what was a tight game in the early minutes, shooting 54.8 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

But Lehigh hung around in the second half, getting as close as 13 when Pat Andree banged in a three with 12:34 to go to pull the Hawks to within 52-39.

A three by Lance Tejada, who finished with a game-high 22 points, with 2:51 to go pulled Lehigh to within 16, at 68-52, before the Cavaliers were able to close it out late.

 

Kyle Guy had 21 points to lead Virginia, shooting 7-of-12 from the floor and 5-of-9 from three-point range in 24 minutes.

Isaiah Wilkins had 14 points and a team-best six rebounds, and Nigel Johnson had five points and eight assists for UVA, which shot 51.7 percent from the floor (30-of-58) and was 9-of-25 (36 percent) from three-point range.

Lehigh shot 40.4 percent from the field (19-of-47) and 41.7 percent from three (10-of-24) on the game.

 

Team Notes

  • Virginia is now 100-6 when scoring 70 or more points under head coach Tony Bennett
  • Virginia improved to 5-0 at home this season and is 155-40 all-time at JPJ
  • UVA is now 3-0 against Lehigh
  • This is the second timein four yearsUVA has started 8-0 under Tony Bennett (2014-15)
  • Virginia has held opponents to under 50 percent shooting in every game this year
  • Virginia held Lehigh scoreless for4:50in the first half, going on a 10-0 run
  • The Cavaliers out-scored Lehigh 20-0 in the paint in the first half
  • UVA had 11 points off nine turnovers in the first half, while only committing one
  • Virginia has won by 10 or more points in seven of its eight games
  • Virginia had a season-high 11 steals

Player Notes

  • Double-figure scorers: Kyle Guy (21), Isaiah Wilkins (14), Devon Hall (11)
  • Nigel Johnson set a career-high with eight assists
  • Guy’s five three-pointers tied his career-high
  • Isaiah Wilkins is now tied for ninth with Mike Tobey in all-time blocks with 101
  • Mamadi Diakite tied a career-high with two steals
  • Wilkins hit his first three-pointer of the season to reach 12 points

 

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