CBI Notes: Tucker, Jones Developing

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Jeff Jones knocked down a pair of 3-pointers vs. ODU.

One of the bigger storylines in Virginia’s 80-76 victory over Old Dominion on Monday in the College Basketball Invitational was the play of Jamil Tucker and Jeff Jones . Both players scored in double figures as they combined to can five of UVa’s nine 3-pointers. It continues a recent streak of strong play for Tucker and perhaps a sign of growth for Jones, according to Cavalier coach Dave Leitao.

Jones opened the season as a freshman starter before giving up that role in the middle of the season. Another line-up shuffle placed him back in a starter’s role down the stretch. But nothing seemed to provide a consistent spark for Jones and his offensive touch, something he was known for coming out of high school as a prolific scorer.

Against ODU, Jones finally got it going on the perimeter. He hit 2 of 5 3-point attempts and 4 of 10 shots overall to finish with 10 points. During one point in the first half, Jones seemed to be on a genuine streak when he knocked down jumpers on back-to-back possessions.

“Jeff made a couple of 3’s which hadn’t happened in a long time. He was just playing mentally in a little bit better way, which hopefully means growth,” Leitao said. “In this environment and this stage, where it’s win or go home, hopefully that’s not only something that we can use right now, but it’s something that we can use as a springboard toward future performances by both of them.”

Jamil Tucker led Virginia with 6 rebounds against Old Dominion.

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