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UVa/North Texas postgame notes and quotes ...

  • Team Notes

    • The Cavaliers’ 72.7% (8-11) from 3-point range is 10th best percentage in school history and the best by UVa since shooting 76.9% (10-13) at Minnesota on Nov. 29, 2010
    • Virginia had five double-figure scorers in a game for the first time since Feb. 8, 2012 vs. Wake Forest
    • The Cavaliers improve to 27-2 under Tony Bennett when scoring at least 70 points

    Player Notes

    • Teven Jones (13 points) became the seventh different Cavalier to have a double-figure scoring game this season

    Player Career Highs

    • Justin Anderson scored a career-high 14 points
    • Teven Jones scored a career-high 13 points
    • Evan Nolte scored a career-high 13 points
    • Darion Atkins scored a career-high 12 points
    • Darion Atkins had a career-high nine rebounds

    John Paul Jones Arena Records

    • Virginia shot a JPJ record 72.7% (8-11) from 3-point range

    Virginia Head Coach Tony Bennett

    On playing six games in 12 days:
    “I thought they came out with a lot of energy. The first half was the best half of basketball that we’ve put out there this year. I thought they were very active on the defensive end. They were swarming the ball and bothering the posts. In the first half, you could see that Mitchell is talented, but when he gets going he could be a load. I thought we did a great job in the first half with the energy. When they are motivated, the mind isalways stronger than guys realize.”

    On North Texas’s second half momentum:
    “I thought we played well in the first half. There were three areas that really cost us in the second half that really brought themback in the game. The first was transition defense. Whether it was a make or a miss, North Texas would either get it under the net or they would go. The second thing was handling the pressure. We got rattled. I think North Texas got a little tired because they came with everything, but we didn’t do a good job. Finally, the rebounding hurt us. When you look at the offensive rebounds, they had 21 offensive rebounds. A lot of that was our guards not engaging or being in the play.”

    On Teven Jones’ performance:
    “I am pleasantly surprised. I always knew he was quick, but we haven’t seen him play a whole lot in a game setting. He wasn’t available for the first two scrimmages and the first game. Then during the Delaware game, he pinched a nerve so couldn’t play again. For him to be able to step in and contribute they way he did was great.”

    On the high volume of fouls:
    “We knew we were going to be at the free throw line. They were giving us their intensity and physicality, and trying to make us make plays. When people are pressuring you that much, you not only have to be able to be tough enough to be open, but there are also times when you have to beable to go by them off the dribble. I thought we were better as the game went on, and their intensity waned a little bit because it’s hard to play that intense for the whole game.”

    Virginia Freshman Guard Justin Anderson

    On North Texas:
    “North Texas is a tough team. Not a lot of people give them credit, but their toughness is tremendous, and we had to match their intensity. They have a great player on their team who gets a lot of attention, but theother four guys on the court are also tough, and will jump into you. They play defense really well.”

    On his turnover issues:
    “It’s all a part of the game, turnovers and assists, positives and negatives. And I can’t let that affect me personally as a player, because my teammates have my back and they’re going to lift me up if I have a turnover. As far as playing better today, it’s just preparation. My coaches put me in a good position and its up to me to execute their preparation. It’s all about what’s best for the team.”

    Virginia Redshirt Freshman Guard Teven Jones

    On his teammates:
    “Everybody gets down and when we hit that rough patch I figured, why can’t I be there for them? We all have each other’s backs and I think it shows out there on the court.”

    On his relationship with Jontel Evans and the possibility of playing off the bench:
    “Me and Jontel have a very close relationship. He’s like my big brother. Coach Bennett said when we’re both healthy we’re going to be a tough team to deal with because we can both put pressure on the ball and run the team. When he gets back I’ll be even happier, and I’m fine with coming off the bench behind him.”

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