Hunter’s 19 points lead No. 3 Cavs in 82-55 rout of Irish

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — De’Andre Hunter scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures as No. 3 Virginia routed Notre Dame 82-55 rout on Saturday.

Junior guard Kyle Guy, Indiana’s 2016 Mr. Basketball at Lawrence Central near Indianapolis, scored 15 points, all in the first half on 6-of-8 shooting. The Cavaliers (18-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned their second straight victory since a 72-70 loss at Duke on Jan. 19.

Ty Jerome had 13 points, Kihei Clark 12 and Mamadi Diakite 10 for Virginia, which shot 52.2 from the field, including 44.4 percent on 8 of 18 3-pointers. The Cavaliers dominated the boards 45-33 and made just two turnovers.

John Mooney had his ACC-leading 12th double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds for struggling Notre Dame (11-9), which dropped its fourth in a row and fell deeper into the ACC cellar at 1-6.

Virginia began with a 12-0 run as Notre Dame missed its first nine shots before Mooney’s layup with 13:36 left. The Cavaliers, who hit 16 of their first 26 shots and had just one turnover in the first 20 minutes. They built a 20-point lead, 37-17, on a jumper by Hunter, who had 10 points, with 2:32 left. It was 42-25 at halftime on Guy’s third 3-pointer and 15th point.

An 11-4 Irish run to start the second half, highlighted by two Mooney 3-pointers and one by D.J. Harvey, closed the Virginia lead to 54-42. Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett called a 30-second timeout with 13:24 to go, and a 14-3 run afterward put them ahead 68-45 with 7:09 left. That sent many of the sellout crowd of 9,149 at the Purcell Pavilion out early into the chilly northern Indiana weather.


Virginia: The Cavaliers have held 16 of their opponents under 60 points and 11 of those to 52 or fewer points. Offensively, they were 47.8 percent from the field (second best in the Bennett era), 39.4 on 3-pointers (second best in school history) and 77.2 percent at the free-throw line (best in school history) coming into the game.

Notre Dame: Fighting Irish had been competitive in their last three league losses before late cold spells doomed them in losses to then-No. 13 North Carolina, No. 17 NC State and Georgia Tech. Virginia’s helping man-to-man defense limited the Irish to 10-of-27 shooting (37 percent) in the first half.