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Postgame: Virginia coach Tony Bennett on win at Wake Forest

Virginia coach Tony Bennett talks with reporters after the Cavs’ 59-49 win at Wake Forest on Sunday.

On tonight’s game…
“Wake Forest is close. Danny Manning did a good job with those young kids, I watched them against NC State and UNC and they’re very close. Unfortunately, that’s this league. It is such a battle and I knew this game would be tough, especially remembering our last game here. For example, at the start, we got up 17-10 and then started getting careless with the ball and they took advantage of it. In the second half, we took advantage of the zone, and got some clean looks so that helped us. I thought going into the half it was good to be behind and we wanted to find out more about Wake Forest and how to play them.”

On the second half…
“Kyle Guy surely got us going by making key shots, but we also battled defensively. In the locker room, we talked about playing with more effort offensively and avoiding some mistakes and turnovers that hurt us in the first half, and really making sure to tighten up defensively.”

On Wake Forest’s height…
“Wake Forest is long, and you saw that when Doral Moore tipped over Isaiah Wilkins. We went small with De’Andre Hunter and Isaiah Wilkins, so I was concerned about that coming into the game. In our last few games we’ve been giving up more defensive rebounds so that certainly was an issue. Coach Manning ran good plays, and it was hard for us to get anything going at the rim, so we really focused on being in position and making Wake Forest earn each point.”

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