No. 18 Virginia snaps 4-game skid, beats NC State 70-55

Virginia's London Perrantes, center, defends North Carolina State 's Dennis Smith Jr., right, with Jarred Reuter, left, nearby during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Karl B DeBlaker/AP Photo)

By AARON BEARD
AP Basketball Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Kyle Guy scored 19 points to help No. 18 Virginia snap out of an offensive funk to beat North Carolina State 70-55 on Saturday, ending a four-game skid.

Devon Hall added 18 points for the Cavaliers (19-9, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 49 percent and made 11 of 16 3-pointers – a huge change from missing shot after shot during three particularly ugly offensive performances coming in.

It was Virginia’s longest losing streak since losing nine straight during coach Tony Bennett’s first season in 2009-10. But the Cavaliers led 35-21 by halftime, pushed that to 19 early after halftime and led by double figures nearly the entire second half.

The Wolfpack (15-15, 4-13) made a last-stand run to get within 59-51, only to see London Perrantes bury a 3-pointer with 5:04 left then Hall put back his own miss to push the margin back to 13.