No. 18 Virginia snaps four-game losing streak with win over N.C. State
The No. 18 Virginia men’s basketball team ended their four game losing streak with a 70-55 win at North Carolina State Saturday.
Against one of the weakest teams in the conference, this game was a chance for the Cavaliers to get some much needed offensive rhythm back. The Cavaliers (19-9, 9-7 ACC) shot 48.9 percent from the floor, including 68.8 percent from three. The performance was a huge improvement over the last three games, when Virginia shot 32 percent and made only 19 percent of attempts from behind the arc. However the team still struggled to sink free throws, making only 13 of 22 attempts.
Freshman guard Kyle Guy led the Cavaliers in scoring, helping the team off to a good start with 14 points in the first half, four of which were threes. He finished with 19 points on 54 percent shooting.
Virginia’s leading scorer, senior guard London Perrantes, found his shooting streak in the win, finishing with 16 points. During the Cavaliers four game losing streak, Perrantes shot 16 of 58 for a 27.6 field goal percentage and only made five of 28 attempts from three. However he seemed to have returned from his slump in the win, shooting 50 percent from the floor and sinking three from downtown.
Junior guard Devon Hall also put up double digits, finishing with 18 points in addition to grabbing nine boards. Freshman guard Ty Jerome, who found himself in the starting lineup, added five points, six rebounds and four steals.
In their next matchup Virginia faces No. 8 UNC, currently topping the ACC. North Carolina most recently grabbed a blowout victory against Pitt, 85-67.
When the two teams last faced off less than two weeks ago, the Tar Heels (25-5, 13-3) blew out the Cavaliers by 20 points with a final score of 65-41. Virginia shot an abysmal 27.8 percent of the field, including 18 misses out of 20 attempts from behind the arc.
The game was not much of a contest, as the Tar Heels led by double digits for most of the game. Jackson scored 20 points in the win and currently leads the team in scoring — averaging 18.8 points per game and making 45.9 percent of his attempts from the floor.
The face off against the Heels is one of the Cavaliers’ final two games of ACC play. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. Monday at John Paul Jones Arena.