MIAMI – No. 22 Virginia (22-7, 14-5 ACC) extended its win streak to seven with a 46-44 win at Miami (14-15, 6-13 ACC) on Wednesday night at the Watsco Center.
Mamadi Diakite (Conakry, Guinea) had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jay Huff (Durham, N.C.) matched a career-high with UVA’s first 17 points of the game and added nine boards.
The Cavaliers shot 36.7 percent, while Miami was 35.3 percent from the floor. Virginia led 33-30 in rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Huff was 7-for-9 to begin the game, hitting three three-pointers, as the Cavaliers took an early 17-11 lead. Virginia had a 24-23 lead at the half after Miami scored the last five points of the first half.
The Hurricanes hit a three to open the second half and take the lead. Kody Stattmann (Queensland, Australia) hit a three to put UVA back in front. Miami went back up before Diakite and Key scored back-to-back baskets to give UVA the lead again. The Cavaliers stayed in front as Miami kept it within four points. Virginia was leading 44-41 when Miami made a three to tie it 44-44 with 2:17 to play. Both teams had a scoring drought of two minutes. Miami was forced to foul as Kihei Clark (Woodland Hills, Calif.) hit two free throws to give UVA a 46-44 lead with 8.3 seconds left.
THE GAME BALL GOES TO
Diakite and Huff both scored in double-figures and led the Cavaliers in rebounds.
• UVA has won 14 or more ACC games for the fifth time in the last seven seasons
• The Cavaliers are 6-4 in true road games and 8-4 away from JPJ
• UVA has a four-game road winning streak
• UVA has a seven-game winning streak and has won nine of its last 10 games
• Huff matched career highs in points (17) and 3-pointers (3)
• Huff scored UVA’s first 17 points on 7 of 9 field goals, including a trio of 3-pointers
• Diakite had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his third career double-double
• Kihei Clark (4 assists) moved into eighth on UVA’s single-season assist list with 172
Virginia closes out the regular season at home when it hosts No. 10 Louisville for Senior Day on Saturday, March 7. The game is set to tip at 4 p.m. on ESPN.