"I feel confident every single day when I let the ball go", Hall said. "We'll learn from the mistakes we've made and we will continue to get better". It was only his second 3-pointer of the season, previously 7 for 23 for his career, including 1-for-10 this season. He knocked down all seven of his free throw attempts.
The No. 3 Cavaliers (16-1, 5-0) won their eighth in a row to move into first place by themselves in the ACC.
State was held to 41 percent shooting and had made just one of their 15 three-point attempts before a last-second deep ball went in to push the Wolfpack over the 50-point plateau.
N.C. State's biggest issue on the offensive end was its inability to hit perimeter shots.
Picked 12th in the ACC in preseason voting, N.C. State, under first-year Coach Kevin Keatts, has implemented full-court pressure with encouraging results. "I thought we answered the bell". "Certainly, it was just one of those nights that didn't fall for us". Hall continued his outstanding performance with 15 points in the half, getting the Cavaliers out of multiple scoring ruts with his three-point stroke and aggressiveness in the paint.
Virginia was in cruise control for most of the first half, shutting down the Wolfpack offense while looking efficient in its own offensive game plan. Freshman guard Lavar Batts Jr. was the only other Wolfpack player to record double-digit points in the loss. "He takes pride in setting screens like that". Torin Dorn is adding 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest.
"Talk about efficient - nine shots and 25 points", U.Va. coach Tony Bennett said. He's got great rhythm on his shot, attacking, drawing some fouls, and just really did a good job. Unfortunately for N.C. State, all of its games aren't played at home and it has lost four games away from PNC Arena heading into a hostile environment in Charlottesville.
Hall drilled the last of his four 3-pointers in the game for a 20-point Wahoo bulge. We rotated the ball and got them to rotate - feet set, lining up the seams.
While Hall was nearly unstoppable throughout the game from the perimeter and on drives to the basket, it took a while for the rest of U.Va.'s backcourt to get rolling. Dorn went on to make 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half. He had just two turnovers combined in his previous three games. Having the versatility to score from State's underbelly helped open up the 3-point line for teammate Kyle Guy (3-for-6 behind the arc).
Virginia shot 52.6 percent from the field in the first half, compared to the Wolfpack's 33.3-percent shooting The Cavaliers did some of its damage on State with eight first-half 3-pointers, four by sophomore point guard Ty Jerome, who had been averaging fewer than two per game.
"Never in my life", said Wilkins, who also had a team-high six rebounds.
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