Long Ball Propels No. 2 Virginia Over Syracuse 79-53

Long Ball Propels No. 2 Virginia Over Syracuse 79-53

Long Ball Propels No. 2 Virginia Over Syracuse 79-53

On Monday night, the Cavaliers defeated the Syracuse Orange by 26 points, holding their ACC foe to only 53.

The Cavaliers (27-2, 15-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), whose only two losses were to Duke, have won seven straight since losing for the second time to the Blue Devils and lead North Carolina by a half game in the ACC.

The balanced Cavaliers saw 19 points, five pulls and four assists from Ty Jerome with De'Andre Hunter adding 18 points and four pulls. That dynamic plus the stops that the Cavaliers were getting allowed them to turn a 40-37 deficit with 16:09 remaining into a 27-3 run that ended with Guy's last triple which gave Virginia a 69-46 advantage with 5:24 to play.

The first half was a tight one as neither team took more than a six-point lead. The Cavaliers tied a school record in nailing 18 three-pointers as Kyle Guy went 8-0f-10 from behind the arc. Kyle Guy scored 25 points to lead Virginia and hit on 8 of 10 shots from behind the arc.

Bennett pointed to eight offensive rebounds and then eight turnovers that the Cavaliers gave up as the antithesis to the shooting of his "Big Three".

Battle's 11 points moved him into 16th all-time at Syracuse with 1,621 in his career. Elijah Hughes and Buddy Boeheim also had 11 points apiece as the Orange finished 19 of 57.

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West Virginia used a 12-2 run to trim a 13-point deficit to 46-43 after Naomi Davenport's layup early in the fourth quarter. Syracuse's largest lead of the game, 31-25, came following a 9-1 run that included back-to-back baskets from Boeheim. The score was tied four times and Syracuse held a 12-2 edge in the paint and had nine second-chance points to three for the Cavs. Jerome, Hunter and Guy each had 10 points in the half.

The Wildcats outscored the Horned Frogs 15-3 in the first five minutes of the second half to blow open a close game on the way to a victory in Fort Worth, Texas.

Syracuse: Although the Orange lost, they have three wins over ranked teams and should be a lock for a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

No. 2 UCONN 57, SOUTH FLORIDA 47: In Tampa, Florida, Christyn Williams scored eight of her 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Huskies won their regular-season finale.

If Virginia can rally and win this game, it will effectively wrap up the ACC regular season title.

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