Shayok, Guy lead No. 8 Virginia past Yale, 62-38
Box Score Nov. 20, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Marial Shayok scored 15 points, freshman Kyle Guy had 12 and Darius Thompson 11 in a balanced offensive display that complemented a Virginia staple: defense. The No. 8 Cavaliers (3-0) held Yale scoreless for a stretch of nearly nine minutes in the second half, making it look easy on the way to a 62-38 victory against Yale
”To be able to have them coming off the bench for us is huge,” senior London Perrantes said of Shayok and Guy, who scored all but two points in a 16-0 run that turned a 37-33 lead into a runaway.
Guy, former Mr. Basketball in Indiana, scored eight in the blitz, hitting a pair of catch-and-shoot 3-pointers that drew roars.
”It was surreal when the crowd erupted after we hit a shot or got a stop,” he said.
Blake Reynolds led Yale (2-1) with 10 points. The Bulldogs arrived averaging 93.5 points, had an early 8-0 burst and then never found any rhythm again. They made only 16 of 48 field goal tries (33 percent).
Virginia had a lot to do with that. The Cavaliers had scoring runs of 22-0 in their opener against UNCG and 20-0 against St. Francis Brooklyn, and nearly matched that after Shayok scored off a feed from Perrantes to make it 39-33 and start the run with 15 minutes left.
And while pulling away on offense, they never lost sight of their need to attend to the defensive side.
”They did a great job limited opportunities tonight,” Bulldogs coach James Jones said.
The Bulldogs stay on the road, and against ACC competition, as they play at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
The Cavaliers face Grambling State in the second round of the Emerald Coast Classic before moving to Florida for Round 3 against Iowa.