Pittsburgh forward Michael Young (2) drives the ball against Virginia guard Devon Hall (0) and guard Kyle Guy (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the ACC tournament, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in NY.
Bennett made it clear after the first win over Pittsburgh: Guy and Jerome hadn't just been the backup option in the final two games of the season, they earned their minutes.
London Parrantes scored eight of his 15 points to ignite a 14-8 run to a 68-54 lead and the Cavs never looked back.
News of head coach Kevin Dresser leaving Virginia Tech for Iowa State did not hinder the Hokies performance in the ACC wrestling championship. "In the second half, I had some openings and knocked down some shots". Jones connected on two 3-pointers in the second half giving the Panthers life when it looked as though their season would end. That's a tough team to play.
Pittsburgh cut the lead to one point by way of a dunk from senior guard Sheldon Jeter with 13 minutes left - leaving Panthers fans roaring at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Virginia lost the strong post defense of sophomore center Jack Salt for a good chunk of the second half, with four fouls keeping the New Zealander on the bench.
The two teams split the series this year with Pitt pulling off an upset in the first game and then being blown out this past weekend, losing by 25.
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"Those [plays] are momentum changers", Bennett said of Salt's effort.
With Virginia mentally locked in the game again, its leader began to take over.
With Pittsburgh threatening Wednesday night to make life hard for Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, it took a Superman-style flight for a loose ball and a quick burst of 3-pointers to get the Cavaliers on track. "It's my last go around so I'm just going out, having fun, and trying to lead these guys". "We've been here before". We've been here before, we've played all these teams before.
Guy took advantage of the extended possession, nailing a 3-pointer with 10:50 remaining to put U.Va. ahead 49-44. Quinton Forrest and Reggie Baker each scored 13 points for Bethune-Cookman.
"And like I said, sometimes I should use better language". "We're going to need me and Cameron to be the older guys and step up and lead". Jerome also chipped in 11 points in his first postseason game. Junior forward Bonzie Colson, a First-Team All-ACC selection, put up 20 points against Virginia last time out, and Notre Dame will likely shoot better than 16.7 percent from three as it did in the January matchup. "I know there's still the possibility of more basketball with a loss, but it just feels like win-or-go-home".
The sixth-seeded Cavaliers (22-9) are in the ACC quarterfinals for the sixth straight season and meet third-seeded and No. 22 Notre Dame at Barclays Center on Thursday night. The Noles will play the host Eagles (13-9) at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and will play Canisius (6-7) at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday before ending with another game against FGCU at 4:30 p.m.