Huff, who’s 7-foot-1, made a career-best 4 3-pointers within the first half as Virginia (8-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Convention) opened an 18-10 lead and constructed it to 37-25 by halftime.
All 4 of Huff’s 3-pointer got here from the highest of the important thing.
“I’d most likely say that round that space, that’s my favourite spot,” Huff stated. “I took a bunch of these again in my highschool days. … Plus that’s form of the place they present up within the offense that we’re operating.”
Huff additionally made a fierce drive for a basket after Notre Dame pulled inside 66-56.
“That’s form of all the time going by our minds when groups go on a run,” he stated of the mindset to cease the run.
Cormac Ryan scored 16 and Trey Wertz 13 for the Preventing Irish (3-8, 0-5), who misplaced their fourth in a row and fell to 0-11 in opposition to Virginia in convention video games. Nate Laszewski, who burned Virginia for 28 factors of their first assembly, completed with 12.
Huff hit a pair of 3-pointers within the first 8 1/2 minutes as Virginia took management straight away and by no means let up. The Irish trailed 55-33 with 13 minutes left and used a 15-5 run to get inside 66-56 with 5:41 to play, however Huff scored inside and Casey Morsell hit a 3-pointer.
“They made huge bounce pictures within the first 10 minutes and we made none of our open ones and the sport was form of over after that,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey stated.
Morsell, who had solely practiced twice after lacking 10 days due to contact tracing, added 15 factors and made all three of his 3-point tries.
“Coming off of a 10-day quarantine, that’s actually spectacular to have the sport that he did,” Huff stated. “… My guess is that he actually missed having the ability to get out of his room.”
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
Bennett was lower than happy that the Cavaliers let the Irish again within the sport.
“I believed we drifted into some outdated habits defensively and that isn’t going to chop it,” he stated.
The Irish arrived main the ACC in 3-point proportion, however made simply 5 of twenty-two.
“They missed quite a lot of open appears to be like within the first half,” Bennett stated.
Notre Dame: The Irish are in hassle when their high three scorers — Laszewski (17.2), Prentiss Hubb (14.2) and Dane Goodwin (13.6) — aren’t clicking. They mix to common 45 of Notre Dame’s 70.6 factors per sport. Within the first half, the trio had eight factors. Trey Wertz scored 27 in opposition to Purdue, however has solely performed in 4 different video games and totaled 15 factors in these.
“To see Wertz and Ryan in some form of offensive rhythm, becoming in and feeling good enjoying with our key guys, I’ll take that out of the second half at present,” Brey stated.
Virginia: Huff’s effectivity from 3-point vary helps open issues up inside for Kihei Clark and others to drive and for Hauser to take mid-range jumpers. Hauser can be a superb 3-point shooter and 6 of the highest seven that noticed motion made at the very least one from deep. They completed 12 for twenty-four from past the arc. Three regulars have been absent from the lineup: Tomas Woldetensae, Justin McKoy and Kadin Shedrick.
Virginia did nothing to harm its place, however gained’t get a bump for beating the struggling Irish.
The Preventing Irish will face Boston School on Saturday at dwelling.
The Cavaliers go on the street to play at Clemson on Saturday.
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