March Madness - Recap - Virginia Defeats Gardner-Webb 71-56

Virginia grabbed a 71-56 win over Gardner-Webb on Friday, behind a 23-point effort from De'Andre Hunter at Colonial Life Arena.

Virginia did not, however, defeat Gardner-Webb against the spread, which closed at -22.5 at most sportsbooks.

Virginia got 17 points from Mamadi Diakite and another 13 points from Ty Jerome. Ty Jerome contributed 6 assists, while Mamadi Diakite cleaned the glass with 9 rebounds.

Gardner-Webb got 19 points from Jose Perez in a losing cause and another 12 points from David Efianayi. Jose Perez contributed 3 assists for them, while Nate Johnson had 7 rebounds.

Virginia was losing at the break before taking care of business in the second half.

Virginia had a 33-18 advantage in the rebounding department as they won the battle in the paint.