CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Three players finished in double-figures to lead No. 19 Virginia to a 65-39 win over Virginia Tech in a Commonwealth Clash on Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena.
Virginia had runs of 10-2 and 11-3 in the game to stretch its lead out. Braxton Key (Charlotte, N.C.) finished with a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kihei Clark (Woodland Hills, Calif.) had a career-high 18 points with six assists. Kody Stattmann (Bentley Park, Queensland) had career-highs with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Virginia shot 46 percent from the floor and 33 percent from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers led in rebounds (38-25) and points in the paint (34-16). Virginia held Virginia Tech to 17 points in the first half and was held to under 40 points for the first time since 1967.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Casey Morsell (Fort Washington, Md.) hit a three-pointer to begin the game. Virginia had 10-3 run in the first half with Key scoring five of those points. A Key layup followed by a three by Clark put UVA ahead 26-11. UVA took a 30-17 lead at the half after Jay Huff (Durham, N.C.) passed it to Stattmann for a dunk just a time expired.
Virginia continued to expand its lead with an 8-2 run that included six points from Clark, with a 3-point play and sinking three free throws. UVA closed out the game on an 11-3 run for its largest lead of the game.
THE GAME BALL GOES TO
Braxton Key had 18 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
• UVA has won 23 of its last 26 games against teams from Virginia.
• UVA limited its fifth opponent to 20 or fewer points in the first half (UVA led 30-17)
• UVA owned a 38-25 rebound advantage
• UVA held its fifth opponent to less than 30 percent shooting (27.1%)
• Virginia has a three-game winning streak against Virginia Tech
• The 26-point home win was UVA’s largest in the series since a 48-point (107-59) home win on Feb. 18, 1955
• The Virginia-Virginia Tech game was part of the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529, which is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams of the Cavaliers and Hokies.
• The UVA-VT game was worth a half point in the Clash and the Cavaliers lead this year’s Clash 4.5-2.
Virginia be on the road at Boston College on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Tip is set for 7 p.m. in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network.