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Hunter scores 17 points, No. 2 Virginia beats Ga Tech 64-48

ATLANTA (AP) Virginia got off to a sluggish start offensively.

Fortunately for the Cavaliers, their defense never takes a night off.

De'Andre Hunter came off the bench to score 17 points and No. 2 Virginia turned in another defensive masterpiece Thursday, stretching its winning streak to nine in a row with a 64-48 victory over Georgia Tech.

The Cavaliers (17-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) limited Georgia Tech to 40.5 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers, leading to 16 points.

''The defense held us in there until we got a little rhythm and hit some shots,'' coach Tony Bennett said. ''We were stingy to score against. That always carries you on the road.''

Virginia snapped a four-game winning streak for the Yellow Jackets (10-8, 3-2).

After making the first basket of the game, Georgia Tech quickly got an idea of what kind of night it would be. The Jackets missed their next eight shots and turned it over four times before Josh Okogie finally broke a nearly eight-minute scoreless drought with a dunk off a backdoor pass.

Virginia shot just 40 percent in the first half but still led 28-19 at the break.

Georgia Tech never got any closer the rest of the way.

''They're just a very disciplined team offensively and defensively,'' Yellow Jackets center Ben Lammers said. ''That makes it very difficult. You can't make a mistake or you'll pay for it.''

The last gasp for the home team essentially came in the closing seconds of the first half. It looked as though the Jackets would go to the locker room on a bit of a high after Curtis Haywood hit his second 3-pointer from far beyond the stripe, closing the gap to 24-19.

But Hunter got free in the corner and knocked down a trey with 0.1 seconds left in the half, turning it into a four-point play when Abdoulaye Gueye foolishly went for the block and sent the Virginia player sprawling to the court .

The free throw gave the Cavaliers their biggest lead of the opening period.

''That's definitely not the way you want to end a half,'' Lammers said. ''We were on a little bit of a roll. It's definitely a bit of a downer for our team. I think it helped their momentum.''

Virginia steadily pulled away over the final 20 minutes, dominating the inside for a 44-20 edge on points in the paint. Ty Jerome added 12 points, while Devon Hall and Kyle Guy had 11 apiece.

Tadric Jackson led Georgia Tech with 14 points. No one else was in double figures.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers held an opponent under 50 points for the eighth time this season. They came into the night allowing the fewest points of any Division I team, and actually improved on their 52.9 average. That helped to cover for a tough night from 3-point range on which the Cavs connected on just 3 of 13 attempts.

Georgia Tech: Okogie, averaging 18.8 points per game, struggled to get open and finished with just nine points on 3-of-8 shooting. But coach Josh Pastner is especially concerned about Lammers, who attempted only five shots, made one and finished with four points. ''We've got to get more out of him offensively,'' Pastner said. ''When you're not scoring, it sucks the life out of you.''

WILKINS STEPS UP

The Cavaliers switched things up a bit against Lammers, turning to Isaiah Wilkins to handle the bulk of the defensive duties.

When the teams met last season , 6-foot-10 Jack Salt limited Lammers to seven points on 3-of-12 shooting.

This time, it was the 6-foot-7 Wilkins - the stepson of former Atlanta Hawks great Dominique Wilkins - making life miserable for Georgia Tech's big man.

''He played to his personality,'' Bennett said. ''He's such a giver. He thinks help. He thinks cover for teammates. He knows how to anticipate. If you can find that, it's worth its weight in gold for a defensive player.''

PACKED PAVILION

It was an especially disappointing performance for the Yellow Jackets, considering it came before their first sellout of the season at 8,600-seat McCamish Pavilion.

UP NEXT

Virginia: Plays its second straight ACC road game at Wake Forest on Sunday.

Georgia Tech: Faces a short turnaround before traveling to Chapel Hill on Saturday for another game against a ranked opponent, No. 15 North Carolina.

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Key Players
D. Hall
0 G
B. Lammers
44 C
36.1 Min. Per Game 36.1
12.1 Pts. Per Game 12.1
1.3 Ast. Per Game 1.3
9.2 Reb. Per Game 9.2
48.4 Field Goal % 44.7
46.9 Three Point % 22.2
92.2 Free Throw % 72.7
+ 2 Tadric Jackson made jump shot 2.0
+ 2 Devon Hall made driving layup 13.0
  Bad pass turnover on Jose Alvarado 34.0
+ 2 De'Andre Hunter made tip-in 45.0
  Offensive rebound by De'Andre Hunter 45.0
  Ty Jerome missed floating jump shot 47.0
+ 1 Jose Alvarado made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:14
  Ty Jerome missed floating jump shot 47.0
  Jose Alvarado missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:14
  Shooting foul on Ty Jerome 1:14
  Defensive rebound by Brandon Alston 1:20
Team Stats
Points 64 48
Field Goals 27-58 (46.6%) 17-42 (40.5%)
3-Pointers 3-13 (23.1%) 5-11 (45.5%)
Free Throws 7-9 (77.8%) 9-14 (64.3%)
Total Rebounds 30 29
Offensive 10 7
Defensive 17 21
Team 3 1
Assists 10 11
Steals 10 5
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 7 18
Fouls 12 9
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 7 REB
14 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo 2 Virginia 17-1 283664
home team logo Georgia Tech 10-8 192948
Team Stats
away team logo 2 Virginia 17-1 82.0 PPG 35 RPG 20.3 APG
home team logo Georgia Tech 10-8 73.3 PPG 40.7 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
12
D. Hunter G 14.3 PPG 5.0 RPG 1.3 APG 60.7 FG%
00
T. Jackson G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Hunter G 17 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
T. Jackson G 14 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
46.6 FG% 40.5
23.1 3PT FG% 45.5
77.8 FT% 64.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Jerome 37 12 6 5 3 0 3 2 5/10 0/1 2/2 1 5
D. Hall 35 11 1 2 1 0 1 2 4/8 1/3 2/2 0 1
K. Guy 33 11 2 0 1 0 0 1 5/13 1/7 0/0 0 2
I. Wilkins 33 9 5 1 3 2 3 3 4/8 0/0 1/2 2 3
J. Salt 12 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0/4 0/0 0/0 3 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Jerome 37 12 6 5 3 0 3 2 5/10 0/1 2/2 1 5
D. Hall 35 11 1 2 1 0 1 2 4/8 1/3 2/2 0 1
K. Guy 33 11 2 0 1 0 0 1 5/13 1/7 0/0 0 2
I. Wilkins 33 9 5 1 3 2 3 3 4/8 0/0 1/2 2 3
J. Salt 12 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0/4 0/0 0/0 3 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Hunter 28 17 7 0 1 1 0 1 7/9 1/1 2/3 4 3
N. Johnson 17 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 2/4 0/1 0/0 0 1
M. Diakite 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 1
J. Bartley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Huff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gross Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Anthony - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Badocchi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Katstra - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 64 27 10 10 4 7 12 27/58 3/13 7/9 10 17
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Okogie 36 9 4 1 0 1 3 3 3/8 1/2 2/2 2 2
A. Gueye 17 7 2 0 1 0 1 1 2/3 0/0 3/4 1 1
B. Lammers 35 4 8 2 1 6 5 0 1/5 0/0 2/4 2 6
J. Alvarado 40 4 6 5 3 0 3 1 1/7 1/2 1/2 1 5
B. Alston 14 1 2 1 0 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Okogie 36 9 4 1 0 1 3 3 3/8 1/2 2/2 2 2
A. Gueye 17 7 2 0 1 0 1 1 2/3 0/0 3/4 1 1
B. Lammers 35 4 8 2 1 6 5 0 1/5 0/0 2/4 2 6
J. Alvarado 40 4 6 5 3 0 3 1 1/7 1/2 1/2 1 5
B. Alston 14 1 2 1 0 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Jackson 27 14 4 1 0 0 3 3 7/15 0/3 0/0 0 4
C. Haywood II 31 9 2 1 0 0 1 0 3/4 3/4 0/0 1 1
S. Ogbonda - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Cole - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Jester - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Rice - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Schafer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Wright - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 48 28 11 5 7 18 9 17/42 5/11 9/14 7 21