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Virginia forward Jay Huff (30), surrounded by Columbia defenders, dunks the ball on Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia won, 60-42.

It was the Jay Huff show Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena.

The redshirt junior put on a display of defensive excellence while showing off his dunking prowess in Virginia’s 60-42 win over Columbia.

While Huff starred, the game felt all but out of reach before he even entered. The Cavaliers took a 10-0 lead out of the gate, and the Lions never cut the deficit to less than five.

Huff finished with 13 points, six rebounds and five blocks. He took a Kihei Clark alley-oop pass and slammed the dunk home behind his head to give Virginia a 17-7 lead with 9:01 left in the opening half. The play drew oohs and aahs from the crowd.

“You kind of just throw it up, and he goes and gets it,” Clark said. “I don’t know how he finds the rim on some of those dunks.”

Huff added another powerful dunk later in the half off another alley-oop pass from Clark. The two connected well throughout the afternoon. Huff said the duo worked on those plays during the preseason, but the degree of difficulty on some of the plays is tough to simulate in practice.

“I think I get lucky some of the time because I could completely miss the rim,” Huff said.

Coach Tony Bennett used a variety of players, including Chase Coleman and Francisco Caffaro. The minutes were the first of Caffaro’s UVA career.

Virginia forced 14 turnovers.

Through three games, Virginia’s defense and frontcourt are the team’s strengths. Perimeter shooting still needs work, and the backcourt can use additional experience. Regardless, the Cavaliers are 3-0 heading into Tuesday’s game with a talented Vermont team.

FG FT Reb

COLUMBIA M M-A M-A O-T A PF PT

Brumant 30 3-7 0-0 0-4 1 4 9

Nweke 22 3-9 1-2 6-9 0 0 7

Bibbs 16 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 2 0

Killingsworth 18 1-5 0-0 0-2 2 1 2

Smith 37 6-14 2-2 0-3 2 1 16

Ellis 26 2-9 1-2 0-2 1 0 6

Shckly-Okeke 20 0-3 0-0 1-5 0 2 0

Forrest 19 0-3 0-0 0-2 1 0 0

Smoyer 8 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 3 2

Bolster 4 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0

Totals 200 16-56 4-6 10-32 7 13 42

Percentages: FG .286, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (Brumant 3-6, Smith 2-4, Ellis 1-3, Bibbs 0-1, Shockley-Okeke 0-1, Forrest 0-2, Killingsworth 0-4). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 13 (6 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Brumant 2, Nweke, Smoyer). Turnovers: 13 (Smith 6, Shockley-Okeke 2, Brumant, Ellis, Forrest, Nweke, Smoyer). Steals: 4 (Brumant, Ellis, Killingsworth, Smith).

FG FT Reb

VIRGINIA M M-A M-A O-T A PF PT

Diakite 20 4-10 4-6 3-8 0 1 13

Clark 30 4-9 0-0 0-3 5 1 10

Key 21 4-7 1-3 4-9 0 0 9

Stattmann 29 1-6 1-1 0-2 1 1 3

Wldtnsae 33 2-7 0-0 0-6 0 3 5

Morsell 24 1-6 0-2 0-3 1 1 2

Huff 19 6-10 0-0 4-6 2 0 13

McKoy 12 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Caffaro 7 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 2 3

Coleman 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2

Nixon 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 200 24-59 7-14 11-37 10 9 60

Percentages: FG .407, FT .500. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Clark 2-3, Huff 1-1, Woldetensae 1-2, Diakite 1-3, Key 0-1, Stattmann 0-2, Morsell 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 9 (8 PTS). Blocked Shots: 9 (Huff 5, Stattmann 3, Clark). Turnovers: 9 (Caffaro 2, Diakite 2, Clark, Huff, McKoy, Morsell, Stattmann). Steals: 8 (Huff 2, Caffaro, Coleman, Diakite, Key, Morsell, Woldetensae).

Columbia 17 25 — 42

Virginia 31 29 — 60

A—13,736 (14,593).

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