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#15 Virginia defeats Wisconsin in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

uva basketball#15 Virginia led by as many as 16, then endured a six-minute scoring drought, before finally dispatching Wisconsin, 49-37, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Monday.

The ‘Hoos (7-0) led 24-20 at the halftime break, and opened the second half on an 18-6 burst, fueled by hot shooting from guards Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome, to lead by 16, at 42-26, with 10:32 to go.

But Wisconsin (3-4) would hold UVA without a basket for the next 6:53, though the Badgers couldn’t do much with the effort on defense, only cutting into the lead with a 7-0 run over that stretch, capped by a pair of Ethan Happ free throws that made it 42-33 Virginia with 4:50 to go.

A three-pointer by Devon Hall at the 3:39 mark finally took the lid off the Cavs rim and extended the lead back to double digits.

It never got closer than 10 from there.


The win avenged a 48-38 UVA loss to Wisconsin in a 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge game in Charlottesville.

Guy led Virginia with 17 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field. Hall added 16 on 7-of-10 shooting.

Isaiah Wilkins had 10 rebounds for UVA, which had a 39-30 edge on the boards.

Wisconsin got 14 points and seven rebounds from Ethan Happ.

Virginia shot 38.3 percent from the floor for the game (23-of-60) and was 3-of-14 (21.4 percent) from the three-point line.

The ‘Hoos did not attempt a free throw in the game.

The Badgers shot 31.3 percent (15-of-48) from the floor and was 3-of-20 (15 percent) from three.


Team Notes

  • Virginia improved to 12-6 overall in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and 7-2 at home
  • The Cavaliers have a four-game winning streak in the Challenge
  • UVA now leads the all-time series against Wisconsin, 3-2
  • Virginia is 18-0 when holding opponents to 40 or fewer points under Tony Bennett
  • UVA is 4-0 this season when opponents have scored fewer than 50 points
  • The last time UVA held a team under 40 points was Grambling State (11/22/16)
  • Wisconsin had 17 points in the second half. The last time Virginia held a team to less than 20 points in the second half was when St. Francis Brooklyn scored 19 (11/15/16)
  • Virginia has held each of its seven opponents to under 50 percent shooting
  • UVA held Wisconsin scoreless for7:47in the second half, going on a 12-0 run during that span

Player Notes

  • Double-figure scorers: Kyle Guy (17), Devon Hall (16)
  • Hall and Guy combined for UVA’s first 16 points through the10:20mark of the first half. Hall scored the first five points and had nine of the 16, while Guy added seven.
  • Isaiah Wilkins had a season-high 10 rebounds