CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Ty Jerome scored a career-high 31 points, including two free throws with 53 seconds left, and No. 9 Virginia held off Boston College 59-58 on Saturday.
Kyle Guy added 11 points and Isaiah Wilkins had eight with 14 rebounds and four blocks for the Cavaliers (12-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Jerome Robinson led the Eagles (10-4, 1-1) with 29 points and Jordan Chatman had 18. Boston College scoring leader Ky Bowman (16.8 ppg) didn’t score until just 11:03 remained and finished with five points on 2-for-10 shooting.
Jerome hit six 3-pointers, the last two breaking a 51-all tie and then giving Virginia a 57-53 lead with 3:21 left. After Chatman hit two free throws to pull BC within 57-55, Jerome hit a pair of free throws with 53.8 seconds remaining, allowing Virginia to withstand Robinson’s 3-pointer with 44 seconds to play. The Eagles had a final chance when they inbounded the ball under their basket with 3.1 seconds left, but Nik Popovic was called for pushing off as he attempted a shot and Virginia held on.
Boston College: The Eagles got halfway to their conference victory total of last season with an 89-84 victory against Duke on Dec. 9 and were within 42-39 of the Cavaliers after Bowman got his first points of the game on a 3-pointer. They also were without No. 4 scorer Deontae Hawkins (12.4 ppg), who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Virginia: Jerome’s offensive emergence has been big for Virginia and comes as conference play starts. He’s scored in double figures in three consecutive games and twice established career highs after only hitting double figures twice in the first 10 games.
The Eagles return home and face Clemson on Wednesday night.
Virginia plays at Virginia Tech on Wednesday night.
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