Virginia got a statement win Tuesday night, defeating in state rival and ninth ranked Virginia Tech 81-59. Virginia’s big three had monster games, led by DeAndre Hunter who posted 21 points in a matchup with fellow projected lottery draft pick Nickeil Alexander-Walker.

Virginia got off to a hot start, making its first 4 of 5 three pointers. The Hoos never trailed in the contest, and led by double digits throughout the second half.

Virginia dominated Virginia Tech in all aspects of the game, posting more rebounds, more assists, and better field goal and 3 point field goal percentages. Virginia shot over 50% from the field and 54% from beyond the arc, making 10 of 14 three pointers in the first half.

The Cavaliers saw most of their scoring from one of the best trios in the country in DeAndre Hunter, Ty Jerome, and Kyle Guy. Led by Hunter, who posted 21 points, Guy put up 15 with 3 three’s and Jerome scored 14 with an added 12 assists. In addition, Virginia received 23 points off the bench.

Virginia Tech’s star Nickeil Alexander-Walker put up 19 points to lead the Hokies offense. Ahmed Hill also added 14 points in the contest. Senior point guard Justin Robinson struggled, only scoring 9 points on 2-7 shooting due to the pesky defense of Virginia freshman Kihei Clark.

Virginia Tech will look to bounce back when it returns home to face Wake Forest on Saturday, while Virginia will look to stay undefeated in its toughest game of the year on Saturday in Durham.

By Samuel Bass

Writing sports, college basketball, ACC hoops