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Top seed UVA cruises past Hampton in NCAA Tournament opener


uva basketballTop seed UVA closed the first half on a 20-3 run to create separation and coasted from there in posting an 81-45 win over #16 seed Hampton on Thursday in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Virginia (27-7) advances to play Butler (22-10) on Saturday in a second-round game.

The only drama came toward the end of the first-half run when Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett stumbled to the sideline after an Anthony Gill and-one.

Bennett walked back to the locker room under his own power before the end of the first half, and said later that he was dehydrated.

The coach came back out to start the second half and coached from a chair in front of the scorer’s table in the coach’s box.

Hampton (21-11) hung around for a while, closing to 20-18 with 5:52 left in the first half on a layup by Quinton Chievous.

Malcolm Brogdon keyed an 8-0 run over the next 59 seconds with a pair of threes and a dish for a dunk by Isaiah Wilkins.

A pair of London Perrantes threes pushed the lead to 15, and Evan Nolte connected from the wing to push the lead to 37-21 with 1:41 left in the half.

unitedrentalsThe and-one by Gill had the margin at 40-21 at the break, and the game would not get closer than that in the final 20 minutes.

Gill led Virginia with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and seven rebounds.

Perrantes had 12 on 4-of-8 shooting from three-point range to go with four assists. Brogdon had 11 points and four assists for the ‘Hoos.

Marial Shayok had 10 off the bench, hitting 4-of-6 from the field.

Virginia shot 55.2 percent from the field (32-of-58) and 48 percent from three-point range (12-of-25).

Chievous scored 17 points to lead Hampton, which shot 31.6 percent from the floor (18-of-57) and 15.8 percent from three-point range (3-of-19).


UVA NCAA Tournament Notes

  • Virginia is 26-19 all-time in 20 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Tony Bennett is 7-5 career in five trips to the NCAA Tournament (2008 at Washington State, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 at Virginia)
  • UVA hit 12 3-pointers, its most ever in an NCAA Tournament game
  • UVA recorded its largest margin of victory in an NCAA tourney game (36 points), topping a 27-point win over Albany in 2007
  • UVA advances to play Butler in a first-ever matchup between the teams


UVA Team Notes

  • Virginia is 8-0 all-time against Hampton and 60-14 against teams from the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1999-2000
  • With 88 wins over the last three seasons, UVA has matched the most wins at the university since 1981-83
  • UVA’s senior class scored its 110th victory – two shy of the school record, set by the 1983 squad
  • The Cavaliers hit the 80-point plateau for the seventh time this season and the first since an 86-point outing against Villanova (Dec. 22)
  • UVA is 114-17 when scoring at least 60 points under Tony Bennett
  • UVA is 56-2 when holding opponents under 50 points in the Tony Bennett era
  • 10 UVA players saw at least 12 minutes of game time
  • UVA’s 12 3-pointers were its second most this season (13 vs. Long Beach State)


UVA Player Notes

  • With 11 points, Malcolm Brogdon moved into ninth place on the all-time UVA scoring ledger with 1,763 points; he matched Harold Deane (1,763, 1994-97) and passed Curtis Staples (1,757, 1995-98)
  • Anthony Gill scored 19 points, his most since a 21-point effort against Villanova (Dec. 22)
  • Gill also added a career-high four assists
  • London Perrantes dished out four assists to move into seventh place all-time at UVA with 428 assists
  • Marial Shayok scored 10 points, his fifth double-figure output of the season



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