Virginia bounces back, bumps off Wake Forest
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[January 09, 2017]
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- After
Virginia's loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, its second straight
defeat, head coach Tony Bennett made it known to senior guard London
Perrantes that his role was different this season. Bennett preached
that Perrantes needed to take his team under his wing and lead them
the rest of the way.
On Sunday night, Perrantes did just that by scoring a season-high 24
points and leading No. 11 Virginia over Wake Forest 79-62 at John
Paul Jones Arena.
"London had a nice game tonight, we needed that from him," Bennett
said of his senior point guard. "I thought we were steady enough and
made enough plays to win the game. The contribution from the
upperclassmen was key."
Virginia (12-3, 2-2 ACC) used a 10-0 burst midway through the second
half to pull away from a pesky Wake Forest squad that played the
Cavaliers tight for 30 minutes.
Perrantes' 24 points were the most by any Virginia player this
The Cavaliers shot 49.1 percent for the game and connected on 9 of
19 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Guard Marial Shayok put up a
career-high 17 points while fellow guard Devon Hall scored 13 points
and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. It was the second straight
game that Hall led the Cavaliers in rebounding.
"I just told the guys to play as smart as you can, as hard as you
can and as free as you can," Bennett said. "We missed some free
throws, had some shaky moments, but for the most part the guys
played hard and just kept playing."
Wake Forest (10-6, 1-3) was held to 40.4 percent shooting and 28.6
percent from 3-point range (6 of 21), well under their season
average of over 40 percent.
"We didn't help ourselves by the way we shot the ball from beyond
the arc," Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning said. "I thought at
the 10-minute mark they [Virginia] got some stops, we went zone on
them and they made some key shots to put us away."
The Demon Deacons put four players in double figures, led by John
Collins with 16 points. Guard Bryant Crawford scored 15 points and
handed out six assists. Keyshawn Woods added 12 points and Dinos
Mitoglou added 11.
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Virginia Cavaliers forward Isaiah Wilkins (21) reacts after a play
in the second half during a game against the Wake Forest Demon
Deacons at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers defeated the Demon
Deacons 79-62. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports
thought tonight's game for us was a tale of two halves," Manning
said. "We came out in the first half and did a pretty good job of
getting decent looks on the offensive end. In the second half,
Virginia came out defensively and shut down some of the things we
were doing well in the first half."
The teams traded leads nine times in the first half, and Wake Forest
took a 29-28 advantage into the halftime break. Each team's largest
lead was just four.
Virginia led 28-24 late in the half before the Demon Deacons tallied
five straight points on one possession to take the one-point lead.
Wake Forest shot 42 percent in the half and was led by Mitoglou and
Crawford, who tallied seven points apiece.
The Cavaliers shot at a 46 percent clip before intermission and got
10 first-half points from Shayok.
NOTES: G Darius Thompson's 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted Virginia
over Wake Forest 72-72 in the two team's lone meeting last season.
Thompson scored seven points Sunday. ... Virginia has won five
straight meetings with the Demon Deacons. ... With its next victory,
Wake Forest would match its win total from last season (11). ... The
Cavaliers finished with a 37-32 rebounding edge. ... F Isaiah
Wilkins recorded five of Virginia's eight blocked shots. Wake Forest
finished with just three blocks.
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