ROAD STAYS SMOOTH

Daily Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By Norm Wood Staff writer

Huff’s ‘ugly’ shot en­sures Cava­liers stay un­beaten, ex­tend streaks

CLEM­SON, S.C. – Style points – or the lack thereof – weren’t a con­cern for Jay Huff when he bricked in a 3-pointer Satur­day af­ter­noon at a cru­cial mo­ment early in the sec­ond half of No. 4 Vir­ginia’s 63-43 win at Clem­son.

One doesn’t quib­ble about aes­thet­ics when an op­por­tu­nity to log se­ri­ous min­utes at a sig­nif­i­cant stretch in an At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence road game fi­nally arises. It was Huff ’s time to shine.

Huff chipped in with 11 points and seven re­bounds in just 10 min­utes off the bench while help­ing spark a 21-5 sec­ond-half run. U.Va. (15-0, 3-0 ACC), which was led by Kyle Guy’s 13 points and a typ­i­cally stout de­fen­sive ef­fort, picked up its 12th con­sec­u­tive ACC road vic­tory — the fourth-long­est such streak in con­fer­ence his­tory.

U.Va. was cling­ing to a 32-28 edge when the 7-foot-1 Huff came into the game for the first time with 15:46 left, af­ter start­ing cen­ter Jack Salt picked up his third foul.

A minute later, Huff took a pass from Ty Jerome near the top of key, im­me­di­ately launched a 3pointer over the out­stretched hand of for­ward Eli­jah Thomas and watched the shot bounce awk­wardly off the glass and the back of the rim be­fore fall­ing in the bas­ket.

“It was an ugly one,” said Huff, a Durham, N.C., na­tive whose team­mates jumped off the bench and ap­plauded his 3-pointer. “I’d have been mad if I was guard­ing me and it went in like that. I would’ve been pretty up­set, but I’ll take what I can get.”

Huff, a red­shirt sopho­more who made 4 of 5 shots from the floor, went on to have seven

RICHARD SHIRO/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Vir­ginia's DeAn­dre Hunter drives to the bas­ket while de­fended by Clem­son's Eli­jah Thomas dur­ing the first half of the Cava­liers' 63-43 vic­tory Satur­day. Hunter scored 12 points, while Thomas had eight.

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