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Hunter's 23 PTs lifts Virginia past Monmouth 73-53

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Monmouth needed only a few minutes into the game for it to realize the kind of opponent it was up against. Or better put, the kind of player it was going against.

Behind a pace-setting, 23 point, eight-rebound performance by redshirt-freshman Deandre Hunter, Virginia (4-0) found the right mixing of players to pull away from the Hawks, 73-53, at John Paul Jones Arena before 13,427.

Hunter, after receiving hardly any looks against Virginia Commonwealth Friday, saw an opportunity to jumpstart the Cavalier offense down 15-10 with 11:38 to go in the half.

''I'd say it was my confidence,'' said Hunter of this performance being different from his recent ones. ''Last few games, I felt I hadn't been playing my game as best as I could. Coaches just told me to be confident and stay ready and that's what I tried to do.''

Hunter went on his own 10-0 run to put Virginia up 20-15 with eight minutes before halftime and the Cavaliers led the rest of the way. Hunter finished with 15 first-half points.

''I told you guys from the get-go, you were going to see flashes from Deandre and Jay (Huff),'' Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said. ''You saw a nice flash, it's about now, can we get consistent and keep up with the pace of the game.''

Monmouth head coach, King Rice, said of Hunter: ''Man, I didn't know he was that good. He's just good. He kept getting to his spots and scoring. Our kids were in front of him. It wasn't like he was wide open.''

With Hunter's work at the forefront, the Cavaliers' 13-0 run over the course of four minutes built an insurmountable, 39-21 halftime lead.

For Monmouth (2-2), gaining the opportunity, according to Rice, to play a ''big time program'' will be the greatest result of its first-ever visit to Charlottesville.

The Hawks struggled shooting against the Cavs' pack-line defense, as most of its shots were contested, resulting in a 33 percent shooting effort for the afternoon. Two players reached double figures - Louie Pillari led with 14 - with the whole team going 6-of-21 shooting beyond the 3-point arc.

''We got shown all of our warts, and that's what Virginia does to you. He's such a disciplined coach,'' Rice said of Bennett. ''When you're watching his team's play, you see it, but you don't really see it until you're out there with your kids.''

The depth and size of Virginia's lineup were accentuated with a 30-16 scoring advantage inside the paint and a bench that outscored Monmouth's 44-27.

Kyle Guy added 13 points to Virginia's point total, while Mamadi Diakite finished with 10 alongside six rebounds. UVa shot 52 percent from the field.

BIG PICTURE

Monmouth: Monmouth will face a diverse group of teams before Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, facing three Ivy League opponents and a top-10 Kentucky team in the next month.

Virginia: Escaping potential early season scares from Virginia Commonwealth and Monmouth, the youthful Cavaliers will continue to learn how to mix its breadth of talent.

WHO WANTS TO PLAY?

Virginia had nine players who saw at least 10 minutes of action.

HE SAID IT:

Asked if he feels like opponents are treating him differently after his breakout, true-freshman season, Kyle Guy said, ''I think there's more of a mark on my back this year. Just being able to shoot it and score a little bit last year - that's where my pump fake is helping so much and being able to put it on the floor and get to the basket; I think that helps a lot - so yeah, I would say so.''

UP NEXT:

Monmouth will continue its southern swing of opponents, next heading to face UNC-Asheville Wednesday.

The Cavaliers will travel to New York and face Vanderbilt on Thanksgiving Day as part of the NIT Season Tip-off.

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Key Players
M. Seaborn
I. Wilkins
28.7 Min. Per Game 28.7
7.0 Pts. Per Game 7.0
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
40.0 Field Goal % 62.5
27.3 Three Point %
84.2 Free Throw % 66.7
+ 2 Sam Ibiezugbe made turnaround jump shot 22.0
+ 2 Austin Katstra made jump shot, assist by Trevon Gross Jr. 40.0
  Offensive rebound by Jay Huff 54.0
  Marco Anthony missed 3-pt. jump shot 56.0
  Defensive rebound by Marco Anthony 1:15
  Melik Martin missed jump shot 1:17
  Offensive rebound by Monmouth 1:23
  Sam Ibiezugbe missed layup, blocked by Jay Huff 1:24
+ 3 Marco Anthony made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nigel Johnson 1:37
+ 1 Austin Tilghman made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:59
  Austin Tilghman missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:59
Team Stats
Points 53 73
Field Goals 16-48 (33.3%) 26-50 (52.0%)
3-Pointers 6-21 (28.6%) 4-14 (28.6%)
Free Throws 15-23 (65.2%) 17-21 (81.0%)
Total Rebounds 29 35
Offensive 8 6
Defensive 17 26
Team 4 3
Assists 7 14
Steals 2 9
Blocks 0 5
Turnovers 14 8
Fouls 18 18
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 2 REB
23 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Monmouth 2-2 213253
home team logo Virginia 4-0 393473
Team Stats
away team logo Monmouth 2-2 65.3 PPG 35.1 RPG 10.8 APG
home team logo Virginia 4-0 71.4 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
24
L. Pillari G 5.9 PPG 1.7 RPG 0.9 APG 36.0 FG%
00
D. Hunter G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
L. Pillari G 14 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
D. Hunter G 23 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
33.3 FG% 52.0
28.6 3PT FG% 28.6
65.2 FT% 81.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Pillari 14 2 0 4/5 3/4 3/3 0 19 0 0 2 1 1
A. Tilghman 9 3 2 2/8 1/2 4/6 2 27 0 0 4 0 3
M. Seaborn 2 0 1 1/5 0/4 0/0 2 17 1 0 1 0 0
M. Traore 1 6 1 0/2 0/0 1/2 3 17 0 0 0 3 3
D. Quinn 0 6 1 0/4 0/0 0/0 3 21 0 0 2 2 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Pillari 14 2 0 4/5 3/4 3/3 0 19 0 0 2 1 1
A. Tilghman 9 3 2 2/8 1/2 4/6 2 27 0 0 4 0 3
M. Seaborn 2 0 1 1/5 0/4 0/0 2 17 1 0 1 0 0
M. Traore 1 6 1 0/2 0/0 1/2 3 17 0 0 0 3 3
D. Quinn 0 6 1 0/4 0/0 0/0 3 21 0 0 2 2 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Hammond 12 3 0 4/9 2/7 2/3 0 22 1 0 2 0 3
S. Ibiezugbe 8 3 0 4/5 0/0 0/1 1 14 0 0 0 2 1
R. Salnave 7 0 1 1/2 0/0 5/8 2 11 0 0 2 0 0
Z. Tillman 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 0 1 0 0
D. Pillari 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
P. Sarr - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. McClary 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 13 0 0 0 0 1
M. Martin 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 14 0 0 0 0 1
G. Papas 0 0 0 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 13 0 0 0 0 0
N. Rutherford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 53 25 7 16/48 6/21 15/23 18 200 2 0 14 8 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Guy 13 2 3 5/10 1/3 2/2 0 29 1 0 1 0 2
D. Hall 6 3 1 1/3 0/1 4/4 0 19 1 0 0 0 3
I. Wilkins 5 5 3 1/2 0/0 3/4 1 23 2 0 0 1 4
T. Jerome 5 1 1 2/7 1/3 0/0 2 25 2 0 1 0 1
J. Salt 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 13 0 1 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Guy 13 2 3 5/10 1/3 2/2 0 29 1 0 1 0 2
D. Hall 6 3 1 1/3 0/1 4/4 0 19 1 0 0 0 3
I. Wilkins 5 5 3 1/2 0/0 3/4 1 23 2 0 0 1 4
T. Jerome 5 1 1 2/7 1/3 0/0 2 25 2 0 1 0 1
J. Salt 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 13 0 1 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Hunter 23 8 1 8/10 1/3 6/7 4 24 1 0 2 0 8
M. Diakite 10 6 0 4/5 0/0 2/2 5 22 0 1 1 4 2
N. Johnson 4 0 2 2/7 0/1 0/2 1 17 2 0 0 0 0
M. Anthony 3 2 2 1/4 1/3 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 2
J. Huff 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 13 0 3 2 1 1
A. Katstra 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Bartley 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Gross Jr. 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
F. Badocchi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 32 14 26/50 4/14 17/21 18 200 9 5 8 6 26