#3 Virginia survives late Syracuse rally to remain undefeated in ACC Play

Virginia guard Ty Jerome celebrates after hitting a three-point shot in the 2nd half of #3 UVa's 68-61 win over Syracuse. (Photo: Dave Walls/WSET)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET/Virginia Sports) - The #3 Virginia Cavaliers had to sweat it out at the end, but they got the job done.

Kyle Guy's 22 points, and a furious 2nd half rally helped UVa (15-1, 4-0 ACC) defeat Syracuse (12-5, 1-3 ACC), 68-61 to remain undefeated through their first 4 ACC Games.

Guy hit two three-point shots to start the game for the Cavaliers. The baskets proved crucial, as the rest of the Hoos offense went 0-9 from the field in the first 8:50 minutes of the game. Redshirt freshman DeAndre Hunter provided a big spark, delivering 13 of his 15 points in the first half to help give Virginia a 29-26 lead at the break.

In the 2nd half, sophomore guard Ty Jerome delivered 3 three-pointers in the opening minutes of the stanza to extend the Cavaliers lead to 8. Guy and Hall, however, sealed the win at the free-throw line, where the Cavs hit 19-22 on the evening.

More notes from Virginia Sports below:

• Virginia (15-1, 4-0 ACC) extended its winning streak to seven games

• UVA is 4-0 in ACC play for the first time since going 7-0 in 2014-15

• Virginia ended a two-game losing streak to Syracuse

• The Cavaliers are now 5-5 all-time against Syracuse and 3-1 in JPJ

• UVA has held 13 opponents to under 43 percent shooting and all 16 opponents to under 50 percent (Syracuse --38.3 percent) • Virginia is 44-4 at JPJ in ACC play in the last six seasons

• The Cavaliers improved to 11-0 at John Paul Jones Arena in the midst of a 13-game home-winning streak

• With the win, Virginia has now won 11 or more games at JPJ in each of the last nine seasons

• Syracuse scored 26 points in the first half, their third lowest total of the season (21 vs. Kansas, 24 vs. Eastern Michigan)

• After opening the game 3 of 14 from the field, UVA closed the first half 8 of 12

• UVA's 27 3-point field goal attempts were its most since attempting 34 against Grambling State (11/22/16)

Player Notes

• Double-figure scorers: Kyle Guy (22), De'Andre Hunter (15), Devon Hall (13)

• Guy recorded his third 20-point game (fifth career)

• Hall recorded a career-high eight assists and career-high 8 of 8 FTs

• Hall matched a season high with seven rebounds

• Guy played a career-high 40 minutes, marking the first time a Virginia player has played every minute since Sylven Landesberg in 2009 against Clemson

• De'Andre Hunter tied career highs with two steals and two blocked shots

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