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Virginia speeds to 93-49 win over Austin Peay

uva basketballVirginia revved things up Monday night, putting up 51 points before the half on its way to an easy 93-49 win over Austin Peay.

Don’t get too excited: the Governors (0-2) came into the game ranked 316th among the 351 D1 teams in the KenPom.com power rankings, though they did play well for a long stretch in a season-opening 73-54 loss to Vanderbilt, which faces the Cavaliers next week in Brooklyn.

For a night, anyway, the dead-ball ‘Hoos looked like the Showtime Lakers, shooting 70.4 percent from the floor in the first half, including a 6-for-6 effort from the floor from heralded redshirt freshman Jay Huff, who didn’t get off the bench in UVA’s lackluster 60-48 win over UNC Greensboro three nights ago.

Coach Tony Bennett was able to go 10-deep in the first half as Virginia built a 51-22 lead at the break, getting 13 points from Huff and 10 from Kyle Guy.

The Governors were never in this one, trailing 21-5 by the second media timeout and not getting into double figures until the 6:03 mark of the first half.

Devon Hall scored a game-high 19 points in 25 minutes to pace five ‘Hoos in double figures. Huff had 16, Guy finished with 14, DeAndre Hunter had 13, and Rutgers grad transfer Nigel Johnson had 10.



Team Notes

  • UVA’s 93 points in the victory is the most points scored under head coach Tony Bennett, the previous high was 90 points against Grambling State (11/22/16)
  • UVA is 1-0 all-time vs. Austin Peay
  • Virginia improved to 152-40 in JPJ
  • The Cavaliers are 66-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 50 points (2-0 this season)
  • UVA went on a 16-2 run over4:41in the first half to take a 21-5 lead. Virginia was 6-of-7 in the run. Virginia also used a 19-2 run to take a 30-7 lead, holding Austin Peay to just two free throws over 8:35
  • Virginia shot 70.4 percent (19-of-27) in the first half, marking the first time UVA shot over 70 percent in a half since Grambling State (11/22/16)
  • UVA took a 51-22 lead into halftime. The last time the Cavaliers scored over 50 points in a half was 54 in the second half against Butler (3/19/16)

Player Notes

  • Double-figure scorers: Devon Hall (19), Jay Huff (16), Kyle Guy (14) and De’Andre Hunter (13)
  • Huff started the game 6-for-6 from the field and 1-for-1 from 3-point range. Huff scored his first career points with a three-pointer at13:17in the first half
  • Huff had with five blocks, most since Isaiah Wilkins had five against Louisville (2/6/17)
  • Austin Katstra scored his first career points on a three-pointer at the1:49mark in the second half
  • Hall scored a career-high 19 points, finishing 6-for-9 from the field and 6-of-6 on FTs which also tie career highs
  • Marco Anthony scored his first career points with a jumper at the5:04mark in the first half
  • Hunter scored his first career points with a dunk at the3:20mark in the first half.
  • 10 of UVA’s 13 players that appeared in the game scored
  • Collegiate Debuts: Jay Huff, Marco Anthony, Austin Katstra


Postgame: Tony Bennett

On performances of [Jay Huff] and [De’Andre Hunter]
“Yeah, I think it was a good game for them. As I told you guys all along, you’ll see flashes of a nice upside where Jay stepping out and hitting a three and De’Andre hitting a three, slashing in their ability to move and jump and all that. So, I thought those things were on display tonight and there’s certain things against other teams where you are going to have to, obviously, tighten up a little bit defensively. But, very pleased and it was good to see them out there doing that. That’s a weapon when Jay can step out and shoot the three like that, and stretches, and puts pressure on the defense. What I most liked about De’Andre tonightwas, he did a good job against Greensboro too, is his ability to slide, guard, and use his length. That’s so important as you continue to play teams and those perimeter guys get going have someone who can bother, so we’re going to keep trying to instill that in him, to be a stopper.”

On what he sees in [Jay Huff]
“[Jay Huff] is a true servant, he really is. That’s something we talk about in our program a lot. You can just see, even at the end when [Austin Katstra], he was looking for him to make sure he got his 3 in. I think it’s official that Austin is a better player than his father Dirk, the first shot that [Austin Katstra] took, that reminded me of Dirk from everything I heard, but him knocking down the three, I think he moved past Dirk in ability. But Jay, he was looking for him, and that’s Jay. This is a process for Jay, I talked to those two after the game, or the next day, and just said ‘it’s there, you’re both have gifts, you got to claim them. You got to work at them and just know that I believe in you. I don’t know when it will come, but I believe it will in time, as far as your opportunities and what you do.’ So again, you saw some things. And Austin Peay was not sharp tonight. They did a good job against Vandy for a lot of part of them game and tonight they were of. But, I thought we did a solid job of taking advantage of that and it was good to see those young guys get their feet wet, and [Marco Anthony] as well.”

On the experience for the younger players
“I think it’s important. We had two quality scrimmages, so that was important. But to play and be in those situations, every experience is invaluable for a group that is less experience. And I think the atmosphere we’ll face against VCU, having been in there before, will be different and, obviously, they can play. Their program is established, excellent coaching and I’m impressed with them. So, we’ll have to really be ready and it will be a good experience for us. And again, as you can see, matchups will matter how much guys play and just how the game’s going.

On scoring expectations for Devon Hall
“I think the game will dictate that. We want our guys to, as I said, be assertive and look for it. We need those guys to get to the line, drive, and look for their open shots. I think [Devon Hall] has improved every year as much as anybody, just keeps working and working, and I believe that he’s capable of that. I was just talking about finding that sweet spot, not forcing, but still being aggressive and being sound, but not being hesitant. I think he’s learning to establish that. It was good to see him get to the lane and then knock down some shots. He’s earned the right to be assertive.”