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UNC Didn't Have A Scorer In Double Digits In UVA Win

Although Virginia has engaged in some low-scoring affairs during Tony Bennett's 12 seasons as men's basketball coach, it was the Cavaliers' opponent that had the statistic of the day Saturday.

In a 60-48 loss to the Cavaliers, UNC did not have a single double-figure scorer.

That hadn't happened since 1966, when  an overmatched Duke team held the ball against North Carolina in an ACC Tournament game, won by the Blue Devils 21-20.

That game was played without a shot clock,

Carolina's leading scorer Saturday was freshman Walker Kessler with nine points off the bench, followed by eight points from starter Kerwin Walton with eight.

Carolina's starters combined for 24 points. Virginia's starters had 52 points. The Cavaliers were 10-of-22 from behind the 3-point arc and UNC was 2-for-16.

UVa frontcourt players Sam Hauser and Jay Huff were a combined 7-of-11 on 3-pointers.

"We don't have a four and five man on the Blue [reserve] team that can go out there and make all those shots like they did," said Carolina coach Roy Williams, whose Tar Heels have lost the last seven games in the series.

It wasn't a two-man show for the Cavaliers. Freshman guard Reeve Beekman had an unusual stat line of seven assists, eight rebounds, one block and one steal, and Trey Murphy was 4-of-5 from the field and finished with 12 points.

"Coming from a high school, where you are the man and you can do anything, it's a big transition coming to a team like this," Beekman told reporters in a postgame Zoom opportunity

it was the fourth win in a row for ninth-ranked Virginia (15-3, 11-1 ACC) as unranked Niorth Carolina fell to 12--7 and 7-5.

As well-regarded as Virginia is for its defense, much of the damage felt by the Tar Heeks was self-inflicted. The Tar Heels were 0-for-9 on 3-pointers at the half and 10-of-25 on layups for the game.

"You have to have give Virginia credit as well," Williams said. "They had five blocked shots."

Jay Huff blocked four shots and has 44 in 18 games, second in the ACC to N.C. State's Manny Bates. Huff had a total of 53 blocks in his first three seasons, when his playing time was more sporadic.

"I was definitely proud of the one foul [Huff was assessed]," he said. "My dad sent me something where UNC's plan was to get me in foul trouble, which is understandable because I've had some games where that has been a problem.

"Luckily, we were able to avoid that and then, in the second half, I was able to go block a couple more shots than I might have tried not to foul in the first half."

The Cavaliers will return to action Monday against 17th-ranked Florida State (11-3, 7-2). The Seminoles are coming off a 92-85 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday at FSU.

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