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Virginia 78, Virginia Tech 68

(AP Photo/Mike Kropf)

By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Kihei Clark had 20 points and became Virginia's career victories leader as a player with No. 111 as the No. 10 Cavaliers handed Virginia Tech its sixth straight loss, 78-68.

Armaan Franklin added 15 points and Jayden Gardner 12 for the Cavaliers (14-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Clark was tied with Mamadi Diane (2017-20) on the overall victories list and with 64 career ACC wins.

Darius Maddox led the Hokies (11-7, 1-6) with 13 points and Grant Basile had 12. Virginia Tech's losing streak has come winning 11 of its first 12 games.

Jayden Gardner's basket to open the second-half scoring gave Virginia its biggest lead to that point at 42-31, but the Hokies got it back to single digits on the strength of their 3-point shooting until Gardner's three-point play with 7:16 left made it 65-55.

A 3-pointer by Isaac McKneely moments later pushed the lead back to 11, but Basile made the Hokies' 10th 3 to make it 68-60 before Clark hit a 3-pointer and Reece Beekman followed with a three-point play with 3:52 left, and the Cavaliers finished it.

Virginia Tech finished 12 for 27 from 3-point territory.

The Hokies used an 11-0 run in the first half to lead 21-19, but Virginia canceled that with a 21-10 run to close the half.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia Tech: Hokies big man Grant Basile played only 6 1/2 minutes in the first half after drawing a pair of fouls. He avoided further trouble after halftime.

Virginia: The Cavaliers made a concerted effort to attack the rim against the Hokies guards. Virginia scored 26 of its 40 first-half points in the paint and had eight second-chance points. They finished with 36 points in the paint and 11 second-chance points.

January 18, 2023


Virginia Tech
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Mutts F 39 5-11 0-0 0-2 2-6 7 0 0 1 1 10
G. Basile F 24 4-11 2-2 2-6 1-2 2 1 1 2 3 12
S. Pedulla G 40 4-9 0-0 2-6 0-1 3 1 2 2 4 10
H. Cattoor G 34 4-8 0-0 3-6 1-6 5 0 0 1 2 11
D. Maddox G 26 5-9 0-0 3-4 0-4 1 1 0 0 3 13
M. Collins   19 3-5 0-0 2-3 1-4 0 0 0 0 0 8
L. Kidd   14 2-2 0-0 0-0 0-4 0 0 0 1 0 4
M. Poteat   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Camden   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 27-55
(.491)
2-2
(1.000)
12-27
(.444)
5-27 19 4 3 8 13 68


Virginia
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
B. Vander Plas F 29 4-11 0-0 2-7 1-7 3 0 1 1 1 10
J. Gardner F 22 5-6 2-3 0-0 1-4 1 0 1 2 3 12
K. Clark G 35 7-14 4-4 2-5 0-2 5 1 1 1 0 20
R. Beekman G 34 4-10 2-2 1-3 1-3 7 1 1 0 1 11
A. Franklin G 32 6-9 1-1 2-3 0-5 1 0 0 0 1 15
R. Dunn   24 1-4 1-1 0-3 1-3 1 3 2 1 1 3
I. McKneely   17 2-3 2-2 1-2 0-1 1 0 0 0 2 7
K. Shedrick   4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Totals   197 29-57
(.509)
12-13
(.923)
8-23
(.348)
7-30 19 5 7 5 9 78
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