#1 Virginia finishes off 17-1 run in ACC with win over Notre Dame
The ‘Hoos (28-2, 17-1 ACC) led by as many as 11 in the first half, but the Irish (18-13, 8-10 ACC) led 43-39 with 13:09 to go on a Matt Farrell three-pointer.
A 14-4 Virginia run put the Cavaliers back on top by six, at 53-47, on a pair of Devon Hall free throws with 7:31 to go, but it would tighten up from there.
A Bonzie Colson jumper with 3:27 left cut the deficit to one, at 55-54, and after a Hall layup and a pair of free throws by Isaiah Wilkins, another Farrell three would cut the lead to two, at 59-57, with 2:26 to go.
Notre Dame missed its final four shots, including a pair of contested threes by Farrell and Colson, and De’Andre Hunter went 3-of-4 at the line in the final 20 seconds to close things out.
Colson had a monster afternoon in his second game back from a broken left foot that cost him 15 games, scoring a game-high 24 points on 9-of-20 shooting to go with 15 rebounds in 37 minutes.
He didn’t get much help from his teammates, though, as Notre Dame shot just 35.8 percent for the game (19-of-53), connecting on 7-of-24 (29.2 percent) from three-point range.
Hall had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds in 37 minutes to pace Virginia, which shot 42 percent (21-of-50) from the floor and 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from three-point range.
Ty Jerome had 13 points, and Hunter added 10 off the bench for UVA, which next plays on Thursday in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
- Virginia improved to 28-2 and 17-1 ACC
- UVA became the first team in ACC history to win 17 league games
- UVA is 25-3 all-time in the 13 weeks as the top-ranked team
- UVA has a five-game winning streak
- UVA has 28 or more wins for the seventh time in history (1981, 1982, 1983, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)
- UVA is 11-2 all-time vs. Notre Dame, including a 6-0 mark in ACC regular-season play
- Virginia limited its 29th opponent to less than 50 percent shooting (Notre Dame – 35.8%)
- UVA led 32-27 at the half and improved to 25-0 when leading at halftime
- UVA outscored Notre Dame’s bench 19-0
- UVA held its 22 opponent to 60 or fewer points
- Devon Hall (17 points) reached double figures for the 20th time
- Ty Jerome (13 points) reached double figures for the 15th time this season
- De’Andre Hunter (10 points) reached double figures for the 11thtime in ACC action
- Isaiah Wilkins totaled six rebounds to move into a tie Gene Engel for 18th on UVA’s all-time rebounding list with 612
- Mamadi Diakite (9 points) has scored nine or more points in three of the last four games
- Nigel Johnson started in place of Kyle Guy on Senior Day
- UVA had the same starting lineup of sophomore Ty Jerome, redshirt senior Devon Hall, senior Isaiah Wilkins, redshirt junior Jack Salt and sophomore Guy for the first 29 games