HOUSTON — The Virginia men’s basketball team (1-2) suffered a 67-47 loss to No. 15 Houston (3-0) Tuesday night at Fertitta Center.
Virginia was led by Armaan Franklin (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Kody Stattmann (Cairns, Australia). Franklin finished Tuesday’s contest with a team-high 11 points, all of which came in the second half, on 3 of 7 shooting and was 5 for 6 from the charity stripe. Coming off the bench, Stattmann scored a season-high eight points and was 3 for 5 from the field, including 2 of 3 from behind the arc.
The Cavaliers shot 35 percent from the floor, while Houston shot 49 percent overall and 55 percent from 3-point range. Virginia turned the basketball over 17 times, which resulted in 16 Cougar points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Houston scored first eight points of the game in the opening two minutes of play on back-to-back contested 3-pointers and a layup. The Cougars led 36-23 at the half after shooting 7 for 11 from 3-point range and tallied 14 points off 12 UVA turnovers. Kihei Clark (Woodland Hills, Calif.) led the Cavaliers in scoring in the first half with eight points, while Stattmann scored six of his eight points in the first half.
A pair of made free throws by Franklin to open the second half cut the Cougars’ lead to 11, but that was as close as UVA would get for the remainder of the game. Houston outscored the Hoos in the second half, 31-24, after holding Virginia shooters to eight made field goals on 22 attempts.
• Houston extended its home winning streak to 28 games
• Houston started the game on an 8-0 run before a Gardner jumper
• The Cougars had 14 points off 12 UVA first-half turnovers
* Houston led 36-23 at the half
• UVA allowed 16 fast break points
• UVA is 3-4 all-time vs. Houston in the series that dates back to Dec. 16, 1982
• UVA is 0-3 vs. the Cougars in Houston
• Kody Stattmann matched a career high with a pair of 3-pointers
• Kadin Shedrick had a game-high three blocked shots
• Malachi Poindexter and Chase Coleman made their season debuts
Virginia hosts Coppin State (0-5) in nonconference action on Friday (Nov. 19). Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 7 p.m. on Regional Sports Networks. BUY TICKETS