No. 4 Virginia’s victory over No. 9 Florida State continues the UVa streak as the only undefeated team in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Although the score (65-52) indicates a close game, the majority of the game was dominated by the Wahoos and their smothering defense. A 30-point deficit was brought to 13 in the final 2:30 of the game with head coach Tony Bennett’s substitution changes and the addition of players from off the bench.
Junior guards Kyle Guy and Alabama transfer Braxton Key played crucial pieces in the Virginia win. Guy totaled 21 points, the game-high, shooting 7-of-11 (5-for-6 from the three-point line). In addition, the Virginia leader set a new UVa record with 11 consecutive made three’s over the past 2 games. Guy blew the old record of eight consecutive three’s out of the water.
The Wahoo newcomer Braxton Key truly shined in the ACC matchup Saturday. The junior guard set a new career high as a Cavalier totaling 20 points. In addition, Key had six rebounds, one steal, and went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
Highlights of his performance can be found here: https://twitter.com/UVAMensHoops/status/1081988771921285120
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett commented on Key’s outstanding plays: “[Braxton Key] has had a couple of real good practices…defensively he’s been good…I thought he really let the game come to him. He took the open shots when it was there and attacked when it was there…I was as pleased with his defense as his offense.”
The win helps the Cavaliers improve to 13-0, marking their best start since the 2014-15 season (19-0). Virginia heads up to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College in their first ACC road game this Wednesday.