BLACKSBURG, Va. — Kyle Guy scored 23 points and it was his big first half that gave No. 3 Virginia a chance to get things right in the second half.
Thanks to Guy’s 17 first-half points and some uncharacteristically poor shooting by No. 20 Virginia Tech, the Cavaliers overcame a sloppy start and outlasted the Hokies 64-58 on Monday night, sweeping the season series from their state rivals.
“In the first half, they definitely missed a lot of open looks,” guard Ty Jerome said. “They’re a great shooting team so we got a little lucky in the first half, and then in the second half I think we did a better job of dialing in, beating handoffs better and we made some adjustments.”
Had it not been for Guy, who hit four first-half 3-pointers, it would have been a much taller task for the visitors.
The Hokies, though, were unable to take advantage of the Cavaliers’ slow start. Despite arriving as the third-best 3-point shooting team in the country at 41.8 percent, they were 2 for 13 from beyond the arc in the half. They finished 3 for 28 from long range.
“Tonight just wasn’t our night as a team shooting,” said Ahmed Hill, who was 1 for 9 from behind the arc.
Kerry Blackshear Jr. had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Hokies (20-6), who played their sixth game in a row without injured floor leader Justin Robinson.
No. 22 Wisconsin 64, Illinois 58: MADISON, Wis. — Brad Davison scored 18 points, Khalil Iverson added 16 and No. 22 Wisconsin held off Illinois. The Badgers (18-8) ground out a win over Illinois (10-16) with leading scorer Ethan Happ on the bench down the stretch.
No. 23 Kansas St. 65, West Virginia 51: MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Barry Brown scored 21 points and No. 23 Kansas State beat West Virginia to remain atop the Big 12 standings. A 14-0 run midway through the second half, led by Xavier Sneed, gave the Wildcats (20-6) their fifth straight conference road win.