Tony Bennett laughed after the Cavaliers 12 point win at Louisville Saturday when asked about Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome's offensive days.
"If you would have told me you're going to be 2-17," he said, "here are your stats, and the first half, here its going to be, I would have said, we might be in for a long one tonight."
The Cavaliers, normally a 39.1% three-point shooting team made just two shots behind the arc. Guy and Jerome, two of the teams top three scorers, combined for 12 points. At the half, the Cavaliers trailed by 10.
But the second half was all Virginia. The Cavaliers outscored Louisville 37-15 after halftime, getting 19 of De'Andre Hunter's career-high 26 points in the second half.
But it was the other players that impressed Bennett. Mamadi Diakite came off the bench to score 14 points in 31 minutes, adding three blocked shots. Jay Huff scored 12 points in 17 minutes on 6-8 shooting. His two misses were from three-point range.
"Different guys at different times," Bennett said. "That certainly was a good step today or a good sign that you have to be able to win in different ways. I thought De'Andre was the catalyst to that, but other guys, stepping up."
The Cavaliers host Georgia Tech Wednesday night.