The Virginia Cavaliers add another win to their overall record (27-24) against the George Washington Colonials in their 76-57 victory Sunday afternoon. Holding a commanding lead at halftime (42-17), the ‘Hoos defense slowed down in the second half. However the Cavaliers put on an offensive show and secured a victory at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Cavaliers Struggle after the First Half
Historically known for their tough defense, UVa often holds teams to an impressively low score. Last season, the Wahoos led the nation in scoring defense and over the years, they have rarely allowed their opponents to score 40 points in a half. However, just as any team in any sport can lose their momentum, a ‘Hoos lost some of their intensity in the second half.
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said, “I thought our first half was good. We were sharp and made it hard for them to get good looks.” However, he went on to say that, “I thought they outplayed us in the second half…They got open looks, we were sluggish, a little loose with the ball.”
‘Hoos in Double Digits
Despite the sluggishness that Bennett noticed, the ‘Hoos offense came through and secured their win over the Colonials. The dynamic duo, junior guards Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome led the way for Tony Bennett’s squad, scoring 20 points each. Jerome has scored 20 points in back-to-back games to open the 2018-2019 season for the ‘Hoos.
As if 20 points alone wasn’t enough, Jerome had four steals, seven assists and six rebounds. Guy also had some impressive stats adding six rebounds and four assists for the teams’ success. Together, the Guy-Jerome pair combined for 8 for 13 from behind the arc. Other leaders on the boards include De’Andre Hunter and Mamadi Diakite, both of which finished with 10 points.
Familiar Face off the Bench
For the second consecutive game, every player dressed on the Wahoo’s bench has had minutes in the game. If you’re a UVa basketball fan, you by now have heard the inspiring story of the new man in Virginia uniform, Grant Kersey. An especially exciting game for this junior, Kersey scored his first collegiate points by making two free throws in the last minute of the game.
Bennett said, “Grant is a great story because he came in as a manager, and he has just worked. I thought it was time and we could reward a true servant. He just gives, gives, gives and he just works hard. It is a true joy to see him on the court.”
This “joy” Bennett refers to was quite evident in the starters reaction off of the bench after Kersey swished two in.
After a few days of recovering, the ‘Hoos return to play at JPJ Friday night when they take on Coppin State at 7:00 p.m.