Short memory helps Guy hit big shots

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Kyle Guy's shooting numbers may have taken a dip in recent weeks, but as always, the Virginia shooting guard's confidence never waned.

"I just try to shoot the same way every time, and if I can't, I just tell myself I'm going to make it and most of the time I do," Guy said Monday night in Chapel Hill.

Guy was talking to reporters after a 20-point performance in the Cavaliers' 69-61 road win at North Carolina. Guy was 7-for-13 overall and 5-for-9 from beyond a 3-point line in that game, including some key 3-pointers in the closing minutes as UVA rallied to improve to 21-2 overall and 9-2 in the ACC.

"He just needs a little bit of space. His shot looked a little flat on a couple of them, but he's always one shot away from getting it going," UVA head coach Tony Bennett said following the victory. "And that's significant. We were trying to get him those shots for sure, and he delivered."

Guy is averaging a team-high 14.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting, both career bests for the junior guard. He's hitting on 43.9 percent of his 3-point attempts for the season.

Guy opened ACC play on January 5 with a 30-point performance on 7-of-11 shooting, including 5-of-6 from beyond the 3-point line. He was shooting 48.2 percent from beyond the line for the season through UVA's first 13 games.

But in the nine games following that Florida State win, Guy's 3-point shooting dipped to 36.1 percent (22-of-61). In the three games leading up to UVA's visit to Carolina, Guy had made just 27.3 percent 6-of-22) of his 3-pointers. Against the Tar Heels, he made just two of his first six 3-point attempts before sparking a UVA's comeback from seven down by going 3-for-3 in the game's final seven-and-a-half-minutes.

Those five 3-pointers on Monday gave Guy 202 for his UVA career, moving him past Sammy Zeglinski for seventh on the school's all-time list. Guy's 43.0-percent 3-point shooting percentage is best in program history among players who have made at least 100 career 3-pointers.

That success has helped Guy develop the short memory that aided him down the stretch in Chapel Hill.

"Definitely something that I try to work on, especially since I got to college," Guy said. "I just keep shooting it, because when Ty and Dre and guys like that have confidence in me, it's hard not to keep shooting."



 
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