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Guy's 17 lead No. 2 Virginia past Pittsburgh 73-49

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) With sore knees and another game Monday night, Kyle Guy was fine playing just 25 minutes.

He did more than enough with that action, hitting five 3-pointers and scoring 17 points as No. 2 Virginia beat Pittsburgh 73-49 on Saturday for the Panthers' 12th straight loss.

''We're playing it smart. We've got a game in less than 48 hours,'' Guy said, referring to Virginia's trip to Syracuse on Monday night.

Ty Jerome added 13 points and De'Andre Hunter scored 12 for the Cavaliers (26-2, 14-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who maintained at least a share of the lead in the ACC pending North Carolina's game at Clemson later Saturday. The Cavaliers can claim the regular season title by winning their last two games because they beat the Tar Heels in their only head-to-head matchup.

Jerome played less than 25 minutes and wasn't as thrilled with his reduced role, but coach Tony Bennett said his star guards were victims of their own efficiency.

''They did the job early and they did to start the second half, and it was a way to also reward the guys who work hard in practice,'' Bennett said. ''Of course, to be able to do that was important.''

Monday's game will also mark the third time since early February the Cavaliers will play on the road on a Monday night after a Saturday home game, and they will be trying for their third consecutive road victory in that scenario. They won 69-61 at No. 5 North Carolina on Feb. 11 and 64-58 at No. 20 Virginia Tech on Feb. 18.

Bennett likes the challenge, which mirrors what teams do in the NCAA Tournament.

''In a sense, you have to be ready to go,'' Bennett said. ''You've got to be smart with your preparation the day in between and you're in, usually, a hostile environment and it's certainly a challenge. We're in some important games and I think it's a healthy challenge.''

Jared Wilson-Frame scored 15 points and Au'diese Toney had 12 for Pittsburgh (12-17, 2-14). The loss was the 23rd in a row on the road for the Panthers, and their 20th consecutive in ACC road games.

''I actually thought we did some good things in the game,'' first-year Panthers' coach Jeff Capel said. ''We moved the ball. We got some good shots at time, we got some shots at the basket and we have to be able to finish.''

Virginia led 11-10 before Jay Huff's basket sparked a 21-2 run that started with 16 consecutive points. Guy hit three of his five 3-pointers during the surge, and the Panthers went 6:15 between field goals before Sidy N'Dir's driving basket with 5:06 to play in the half. Virginia led 39-19 at halftime.

The Cavaliers, who lead the nation in scoring defense (54.3 points per game) have held 10 teams below 50 points this season.

LESSON LEARNED

Guy said while some fans may look at some games as easy victories, the Cavaliers don not.

''We got the greatest lesson learned ever last year,'' he said, referring to the Cavaliers' 74-54 loss to UMBC in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, making them the first top seed ever to loss to a No. 16 seed in the history of the tournament. ''So even though they're a young team and they may not be the greatest this year, they played really hard.''

BIG PICTURE

Pittsburgh: Two of the Panthers' top three scorers are freshmen in Xavier Johnson and Trey McGowens, but neither was effective against the Cavaliers. Johnson missed all seven of his shots from the field and scored three points in 30 minutes. McGowens was 0 for 2 from the field and scoreless in 24 minutes.

Virginia: Freshman point guard Kihei Clark played his fourth consecutive game without committing a turnover. He has 15 assists in that span.

UP NEXT

Pittsburgh: The Panthers are on the road at Miami on Tuesday night.

Virginia: The Cavaliers have a quick turnaround, playing at Syracuse on Monday night.

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Key Players
X. Johnson
1 G
T. Jerome
11 G
32.6 Min. Per Game 32.6
13.0 Pts. Per Game 13.0
5.1 Ast. Per Game 5.1
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
42.9 Field Goal % 44.3
39.1 Three Point % 40.9
77.1 Free Throw % 75.0
  Lost ball turnover on Au'Diese Toney, stolen by Grant Kersey 8.0
+ 1 Marco Anthony made 2nd of 2 free throws 25.0
  Marco Anthony missed 1st of 2 free throws 25.0
  Shooting foul on Malik Ellison 25.0
+ 3 Anthony Starzynski made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Onyebuchi Ezeakudo 52.0
  Offensive rebound by Onyebuchi Ezeakudo 1:05
  Terrell Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:07
+ 3 Austin Katstra made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jayden Nixon 1:35
  Defensive rebound by Braxton Key 1:42
  Anthony Starzynski missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:44
  Bad pass turnover on Braxton Key, stolen by Sidy N'Dir 1:44
Team Stats
Points 49 73
Field Goals 17-44 (38.6%) 24-41 (58.5%)
3-Pointers 6-19 (31.6%) 9-16 (56.3%)
Free Throws 9-13 (69.2%) 16-20 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 24 25
Offensive 5 1
Defensive 18 23
Team 1 1
Assists 12 14
Steals 6 9
Blocks 2 1
Turnovers 15 10
Fouls 18 16
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
17 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Pittsburgh 12-17 193049
home team logo 2 Virginia 26-2 393473
Team Stats
away team logo Pittsburgh 12-17 69.9 PPG 40.2 RPG 11.7 APG
home team logo 2 Virginia 26-2 71.4 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
4
J. Wilson-Frame G 12.7 PPG 5.0 RPG 1.4 APG 40.9 FG%
5
K. Guy G 15.4 PPG 4.5 RPG 2.1 APG 44.9 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Wilson-Frame G 15 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
K. Guy G 17 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
38.6 FG% 58.5
31.6 3PT FG% 56.3
69.2 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Wilson-Frame 15 5 4 5/11 3/9 2/3 2 31 2 0 1 0 5
A. Toney 12 7 1 5/7 1/1 1/2 0 34 0 0 2 3 4
T. Brown 5 1 0 2/7 0/2 1/2 2 21 0 1 2 0 1
X. Johnson 3 5 4 0/7 0/2 3/4 3 29 2 0 4 1 4
T. McGowens 3 3 2 1/3 1/2 0/0 4 24 0 0 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Wilson-Frame 15 5 4 5/11 3/9 2/3 2 31 2 0 1 0 5
A. Toney 12 7 1 5/7 1/1 1/2 0 34 0 0 2 3 4
T. Brown 5 1 0 2/7 0/2 1/2 2 21 0 1 2 0 1
X. Johnson 3 5 4 0/7 0/2 3/4 3 29 2 0 4 1 4
T. McGowens 3 3 2 1/3 1/2 0/0 4 24 0 0 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. N'Dir 4 1 0 2/4 0/1 0/0 1 22 1 1 3 0 1
K. Chukwuka 4 0 0 1/2 0/0 2/2 4 19 0 0 0 0 0
A. Starzynski 3 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
M. Ellison 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 15 1 0 2 0 0
O. Ezeakudo 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
K. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. George - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mascaro - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Aiken Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 49 23 12 17/44 6/19 9/13 18 200 6 2 15 5 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Guy 17 2 1 6/9 5/7 0/0 2 25 0 0 1 0 2
T. Jerome 13 1 2 4/5 1/1 4/4 0 25 0 0 1 0 1
D. Hunter 12 3 5 4/6 1/2 3/4 2 29 0 0 2 0 3
K. Clark 6 3 4 2/2 0/0 2/2 1 28 2 0 0 0 3
J. Salt 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Guy 17 2 1 6/9 5/7 0/0 2 25 0 0 1 0 2
T. Jerome 13 1 2 4/5 1/1 4/4 0 25 0 0 1 0 1
D. Hunter 12 3 5 4/6 1/2 3/4 2 29 0 0 2 0 3
K. Clark 6 3 4 2/2 0/0 2/2 1 28 2 0 0 0 3
J. Salt 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Diakite 6 2 0 2/3 0/0 2/2 2 20 0 0 3 1 1
M. Anthony 6 0 0 2/3 1/1 1/3 3 9 0 0 1 0 0
B. Key 5 5 0 2/8 0/3 1/1 1 23 2 0 1 0 5
J. Huff 5 6 1 1/4 0/1 3/4 2 17 3 1 1 0 6
A. Katstra 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. Nixon 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0
K. Stattmann 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0
G. Kersey 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
F. Badocchi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Caffaro - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 24 14 24/41 9/16 16/20 16 200 9 1 10 1 23