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No. 13 Virginia beats Savannah State 77-49

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia got a relatively easy victory. Its bench players saw some valuable playing time. And Savannah State went home with a big check.

Everything went according to plan Tuesday night at John Paul Jones Arena.

Sophomore guard Ty Jerome scored a career-high 17 points, hitting all three of his 3-point attempts, as No. 13 Virginia breezed through its next-to-last non-conference tuneup, topping Savannah State 78-47.

''It doesn't matter if we're playing Savannah State or a Top 5 team in the country,'' Jerome said. ''If we're on the road or at home. It's just a matter of, whenever you're on the court, executing, executing every play.''

The Tigers, who suffered their sixth loss to a ranked team this season, earned between $80,000 and $90,000 for the game, coach Horace Broadnax said.

''We don't need to be in the ACC,'' he said laughing. ''I'm glad that's our last game (against) the ACC. So we're going to move on to, I guess, to the Big Ten and play Michigan State.''

Virginia got 10 points and five rebounds from junior center Jack Salt as the Cavaliers built a 42-21 halftime lead and never looked back.

Savannah State, which has attempted the most 3-pointers in the nation, missed its first nine shots from beyond the arc. The Tigers finished 11 for 37 on 3-pointers. It got a team-high 22 points from junior forward John Grant.

''You watch them and see, they can really hit 3s quickly,'' Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. ''You have to be back in transition and quick to close out.''

Against the nation's top scoring defense, Savannah State didn't score its first points until 4:43 into the game and didn't hit its first 3-pointer until there was 5:47 left in the first half.

''We have a small window to compete against these guys,'' Broadnax said. ''And if we don't step through that window early, it can get out of hand and they can control the game from there.''

BIG PICTURE

Savannah State: The Tigers struggle to win games in the MEAC so competing against Power 5 foes like the ACC's Virginia is a tall order. This was Savannah State's fifth game against a Power 5 opponent. They have lost them all by at least 30 points.

Virginia: The Cavaliers are supposed to handle teams like this and, outside of matchups with West Virginia and maybe VCU and Wisconsin, the non-conference schedule hasn't tested Virginia much. Things figure to change when Virginia gets to ACC play in two weeks.

UP NEXT

Savannah State has one more matchup with a ranked, Power 5 team when it plays at No. 2 Michigan State on New Year's Eve.

Virginia wraps up non-conference play when it hosts Hampton on Friday night.

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Key Players
Z. Sellers
3 G
D. Hall
0 G
27.9 Min. Per Game 27.9
13.3 Pts. Per Game 13.3
2.8 Ast. Per Game 2.8
4.1 Reb. Per Game 4.1
40.2 Field Goal % 52.7
34.5 Three Point % 47.2
75.0 Free Throw % 92.6
  Turnover on Chris DuBose 3.0
+ 2 Trevon Gross Jr. made layup, assist by Marco Anthony 31.0
  Lost ball turnover on Jahir Cabeza, stolen by Marco Anthony 36.0
  Defensive rebound by Jahir Cabeza 42.0
  De'Andre Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot 44.0
  Defensive rebound by De'Andre Hunter 1:02
  Chris DuBose missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:04
  Defensive rebound by Ty'lik Evans 1:10
  Marco Anthony missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:12
+ 3 Chris DuBose made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jahir Cabeza 1:32
  Bad pass turnover on Austin Katstra, stolen by Jahir Cabeza 1:39
Team Stats
Points 47 78
Field Goals 16-57 (28.1%) 29-58 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 11-37 (29.7%) 7-19 (36.8%)
Free Throws 4-5 (80.0%) 13-18 (72.2%)
Total Rebounds 31 42
Offensive 6 9
Defensive 20 29
Team 5 4
Assists 11 18
Steals 8 7
Blocks 3 7
Turnovers 18 12
Fouls 19 12
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 2 REB
17 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Savannah State 3-11 212647
home team logo 13 Virginia 10-1 423678
Team Stats
away team logo Savannah State 3-11 76.1 PPG 42.4 RPG 14.9 APG
home team logo 13 Virginia 10-1 71.4 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
4
J. Grant Jr. F 4.7 PPG 2.5 RPG 0.5 APG 30.2 FG%
00
T. Jerome G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Grant Jr. F 22 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
T. Jerome G 17 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
28.1 FG% 50.0
29.7 3PT FG% 36.8
80.0 FT% 72.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. McClanahan 8 2 0 2/9 2/5 2/2 1 24 0 0 1 2 0
Z. Sellers 3 2 2 1/6 1/2 0/0 3 25 0 0 2 0 2
J. Jenkins 2 3 0 1/8 0/7 0/0 3 21 0 0 2 1 2
A. Dasent 2 1 2 1/5 0/3 0/0 0 21 1 0 1 0 1
M. Glenn 1 4 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 2 17 1 0 1 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. McClanahan 8 2 0 2/9 2/5 2/2 1 24 0 0 1 2 0
Z. Sellers 3 2 2 1/6 1/2 0/0 3 25 0 0 2 0 2
J. Jenkins 2 3 0 1/8 0/7 0/0 3 21 0 0 2 1 2
A. Dasent 2 1 2 1/5 0/3 0/0 0 21 1 0 1 0 1
M. Glenn 1 4 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 2 17 1 0 1 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Grant Jr. 22 2 0 7/12 7/12 1/1 2 19 0 1 3 0 2
C. DuBose 3 0 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 6 0 0 1 0 0
A. Fenner 2 1 2 1/6 0/2 0/0 1 19 2 0 2 0 1
T. Evans 2 3 2 1/4 0/2 0/0 3 13 1 0 2 0 3
R. Orizu 2 7 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 21 2 1 1 2 5
J. Cabeza 0 1 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 14 1 1 2 0 1
K. Pinkett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Christopher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 47 26 11 16/57 11/37 4/5 19 200 8 3 18 6 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Jerome 17 4 3 6/9 3/3 2/2 0 19 0 0 1 0 4
J. Salt 10 5 1 4/4 0/0 2/4 0 17 0 3 0 4 1
K. Guy 8 1 0 3/10 2/7 0/0 1 21 0 0 0 1 0
D. Hall 7 3 3 3/6 1/2 0/0 1 20 1 1 0 0 3
I. Wilkins 2 7 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 15 1 0 0 2 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Jerome 17 4 3 6/9 3/3 2/2 0 19 0 0 1 0 4
J. Salt 10 5 1 4/4 0/0 2/4 0 17 0 3 0 4 1
K. Guy 8 1 0 3/10 2/7 0/0 1 21 0 0 0 1 0
D. Hall 7 3 3 3/6 1/2 0/0 1 20 1 1 0 0 3
I. Wilkins 2 7 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 15 1 0 0 2 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Diakite 10 2 0 4/9 0/0 2/2 2 22 1 1 1 0 2
D. Hunter 9 3 2 1/5 0/2 7/8 0 23 1 0 2 0 3
J. Huff 6 6 0 3/4 0/0 0/2 5 16 0 2 1 1 5
M. Anthony 5 3 2 2/4 1/3 0/0 1 16 2 0 2 1 2
N. Johnson 2 3 5 1/4 0/2 0/0 2 19 1 0 4 0 3
T. Gross Jr. 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
J. Bartley 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
A. Katstra 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 0 1
F. Badocchi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 38 18 29/58 7/19 13/18 12 200 7 7 12 9 29