Virginia defeats its in-state rival, Tech, from outside in

Ty Jerome got No. 4 Virginia off to just the start it needed by making a few deep 3-pointers. That opened up things for De’Andre Hunter and quickly shut off things for No. 9 Virginia Tech.

Hunter scored 21 points, Kyle Guy scored 15 and Jerome had 14 points and a career-high 12 assists as the Cavaliers started fast and routed the visiting Hokies 81-59 on Tuesday night.

“He loosened it up early with some of those long threes,” Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said of Jerome, who made three 3s, the first from about 25 feet, in the first seven minutes.

With the Hokies stretching their defense, Hunter moved inside, making 8 of 12 shots.

The Cavaliers (16-0, 4-0 ACC) did not trail in the first meeting of the programs in which both were ranked in the top 10. Virginia also remained one of two unbeaten teams, along with Michigan, and did it against its state rival, which came into John Paul Jones Arena a year ago and won 61-60 in overtime.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 19 points to lead the Hokies (14-2, 3-1).

#3 Tennessee 106, Arkansas 87: Lamonte’ Turner and Jordan Bowden combined to score 40 points off the bench, and the host Volunteers (15-1, 4-0 SEC) whipped the Razorbacks for their 11th straight win.

#10 Nevada 72, Boise St. 71: Cody Martin hit a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds remaining to help the visiting Wolf Pack (17-1, 4-1 Mountain West) beat the Broncos (8-9, 3-1).

#12 Kentucky 69, Georgia 49: Ashton Hagans silenced an Athens, Ga., crowd by scoring a season-high 23 points, leading the Wildcats (13-3, 3-1 SEC) to their third straight victory.

#13 North Carolina 75, Notre Dame 69: Nassir Little scored all 11 of his points in the final 11 minutes, and the host Tar Heels (13-4, 3-1 ACC) used a late 12-1 run to bounce back from their most lopsided home loss under head coach Roy Williams, an 83-62 decision to Louisville on Saturday.

#15 Marquette 74, Georgetown 71: Sam Hauser scored a career-high 31 points, Theo John tied a career high with 14 points and the visiting Golden Eagles (15-3, 4-1 Big East) won despite Markus Howard — the nation’s fourth -eading scorer — playing just three scoreless minutes because of lower back tightness.

#16 Buffalo 88, Western Michigan 79: Jeremy Harris had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the visiting Bulls (16-1, 4-0 Mid-American) held off the Broncos.

Wake Forest 71, #17 N.C. State 67: Jaylen Hoard had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Demon Deacons (8-8, 1-3 ACC) wasted a 22-point lead before recovering to top the Wolfpack (14-3, 2-2).

LSU 83, #18 Mississippi 69: Tremont Waters scored 20 points, and Kavell Bigby-Williams had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the visiting Tigers (13-3, 3-0 SEC). Mississippi (13-3, 3-1) had its 10-game win streak snapped.

#24 Mississippi St. 71, Florida 68: Quinndary Weatherspoon converted a three-point play with 3.4 seconds left to lift the host Bulldogs (13-3, 1-2 SEC). KeVaughn Allen had 17 points for Florida (9-7, 1-3).

Broncos’ Feagin to transfer: Guard KJ Feagin has placed his name in the NCAA transfer portal as he intends to leave Santa Clara as a graduate transfer next season. A preseason All-WCC pick, Feagin played only two games before a broken thumb and then foot surgery ended his senior season with the Broncos. He averaged 17.5 points per game as a junior.

— Steve Kroner

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