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Virginia 74, Georgia Tech 56

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Associated Press

ATLANTA - No. 13 Virginia blew away Georgia Tech with a 25-0 run beginning at the end of the first half and carrying over after the break, cruising to a 74-56 victory that pushed Tony Bennett into a tie with Terry Holland for the most coaching wins in Cavaliers history.

Virginia (10-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored the final nine points of the first half - all on 3-pointers off Georgia Tech turnovers - to take a 36-25 lead into halftime.

It would get worse - much worse - for the Yellow Jackets (7-6, 0-3) when the teams returned to the court. The Cavaliers ripped off another 16 points to make it 52-25 before the home team finally made a basket.

Kihei Clark had 15 points and eight assists to lead Virginia, which kept up its domination of Georgia Tech with a 10th straight victory in the series. Jayden Gardner added 14 points, while Armaan Franklin and Kadin Shedrick added 11 apiece.

Bennett improved to 326-119 in 14 years leading the Virginia men's basketball program. He matched the win total compiled by Holland, who went 326-173 over a 16-season tenure as the Cavaliers' coach that ended in 1990.

Bennett improved to 17-2 vs. Georgia Tech.

Looking to bounce back from an ugly 13-point home loss to Clemson before the 10-day Christmas break, Georgia Tech shook up its lineup by bringing top scorer Miles Kelly off the bench.

It did no good.

The Yellow Jackets have lost their first three ACC games by an average margin of nearly 16 points and appear headed for another dismal season. They went 12-20 a year ago.

Kelly scored 20 points but none of his teammates reached double figures. The Yellow Jackets turned it over 23 times.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers set the tone with their accuracy beyond the arc. Eight of their 13 first-half baskets were 3-pointers, many coming in transition off Virginia's smothering defense. Bennett's team looked more like the team that rose to No. 2 in the rankings before consecutive losses to Houston and Miami.

Georgia Tech: Coach Josh Pastner has given little indication in his seven-year tenure that he can transform the Yellow Jackets into a perennial conference contender. Other than a surprising run to the ACC tournament title during the pandemic-marred 2020-21 season, the Yellow Jackets are 36-60 in league play under Pastner.

December 31, 2022


Virginia
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Gardner F 22 7-12 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 1 1 2 14
K. Shedrick F 17 3-4 5-5 0-0 2-4 1 2 1 1 4 11
K. Clark G 31 6-9 1-3 2-3 1-2 8 0 3 3 1 15
A. Franklin G 31 3-12 2-2 3-9 2-3 4 0 5 0 1 11
R. Beekman G 27 3-6 0-0 2-3 1-4 4 0 2 2 1 8
I. McKneely   24 3-5 0-0 3-5 1-4 2 0 0 3 2 9
B. Vander Plas   21 1-3 1-2 0-1 1-6 0 0 2 0 0 3
R. Dunn   12 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-3 1 1 0 1 0 2
F. Caffaro   6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
T. Murray   4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Coleman   3 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1
T. How   3 0-3 0-2 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   201 27-57
(.474)
10-16
(.625)
10-22
(.455)
11-31 21 3 14 11 14 74


Georgia Tech
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Moore F 22 0-2 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 1 1 0 2
R. Howard C 28 4-6 0-0 0-0 1-5 1 0 1 4 1 8
D. Coleman G 34 2-6 1-2 1-3 0-4 1 0 0 4 3 6
K. Sturdivant G 30 1-4 0-0 0-2 0-2 8 0 1 5 2 2
L. Terry G 28 2-5 2-2 1-2 1-2 1 0 0 2 3 7
M. Kelly   28 6-13 3-3 5-9 0-1 0 0 2 3 2 20
J. Franklin   22 5-9 1-4 0-0 5-9 0 0 1 1 2 11
D. Smith   8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 3 3 0
Totals   200 20-45
(.444)
9-13
(.692)
7-16
(.438)
8-30 11 1 6 23 16 56
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