NCAAB Game Recap - Stony Brook at Virginia
Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:30 PM EST

UNC
81
Gonz
94
F
MiaO
46
Lou
70
F
KY
66
Utah
69
F
Mont
48
Oreg
81
F
Stony
44
UVA
56
F
Baylor
91
TN-M
63
F
MSU
77
NW
72
F
SDCh
48
SDSU
92
F
Tenn
66
Cin
78
F
CenCT
60
Dart
76
F
InWor
82
CenAR
88
F(OT)
OrSt
88
TexSA
78
F
LoyIL
78
Vand
70
F
WCU
61
Xav
74
F
(N/A)
47
How
105
F
USC-Up
73
SCSt
70
F
StPet
56
UConn
66
F
BethC
65
UCF
70
F
UNCG
54
Vermt
53
F
ETSU
74
LSU
63
F
IL-C
66
IlSt
67
F
Valpa
87
HiPt
72
F
(N/A)
61
W MI
84
F
Niag
70
StBon
87
F
Jacksn
81
Presb
58
F
Rich
62
OlDom
59
F
UNH
64
Maris
56
F
Wagn
60
LaSal
74
F
TNSt
72
IndSt
78
F
Ball
65
GaTec
47
F
DeP
73
Clev
65
F
VACom
76
Charl
71
F
Canis
73
Buff
82
F
HBU
68
SFA
96
F
Alab
105
Samf
87
F
NWSt
79
SamH
92
F
KennSt
44
Belm
83
F
Bingha
55
YSU
73
F
ULLa
67
ArkSt
79
F
FlGlf
56
SDSt
75
F
(N/A)
64
WIGB
126
F
Hamp
53
SIU
75
F
TXAMC
58
Nich
64
F
AbCh
77
NOrl
71
F
Radf
68
MisSt
77
F
SeLA
73
Lamar
79
F(OT)
Oakl
62
Syr
74
F
SoFL
74
UtSt
76
F(OT)
DelSt
80
JacSt
92
F
Albany
57
StJon
85
F
PaulQ
67
McNee
109
F
UtVal
69
Wyo
67
F
ArkPB
40
NMSt
65
F
StMar
96
AzSt
56
F
South
61
CBap
78
F
SJSU
84
SCla
89
F
TXSo
73
Nev
91
F
Pacif
74
UNLV
66
F
CAPoly
56
Sac
57
F

Dec 18, 2019, 6:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Stony Brook (7-6)

21

23

44

(9) Virginia (9-1)

28

28

56

Clark, Huff help No. 9 Virginia survive Stony Brook, 56-44
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:53 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia coach Tony Bennett still ranks as the NCAA's career leader in 3-point shooting percentage at 49.7%, so he might be more able to tell his players what not to do to get themselves out of a shooting slump.

The players take his words to heart.

"You can't obsess to the best of your abilities on your shot," Bennett said Wednesday night after Virginia struggled again on offense, but did enough to beat Stony Brook 56-44. "You have to be a plus in all the other areas: defensively, not turning it over, being sound and at times you pass up some shots. You need to, and then there's times you have to take them."

Kihei Clark scored 14 points and Jay Huff had eight of his 12 during a second-half run for the Cavaliers, who haven't let their offensive difficulties effect their defense. They came into the game leading the nation in scoring defense (44.2) and field goal percentage defense (31.6%) and hit their marks again.

Until the offense improves, Bennett said, "this may sound funny, but we started trying to tighten up our defense even more to keep us in there."

Huff ended a 5-minute second-half scoreless drought for the Cavaliers (9-1) with a putback dunk with 12:11 remaining and added six more points as Virginia turned a 35-30 lead into a more comfortable 49-38 edge.

The burst also included a pair of 3-pointers from Tomas Woldetensae, one of which banked in, leaving Seawolves coach Geno Ford shaking his head.

"That 3 banks in and it almost feels like it's worth 9 because you just don't have a lot of possessions to make up for it," he said.

Elijah Olaniyi scored 11 to lead Stony Brook (7-6). The Seawolves hurt their cause with 17 turnovers and shot just 37.8% (17-44).

"They do all the little things well and they're honestly what teams around the country want to emulate and who they want to be," Ford said.

Mamadi Diakite added 13 points while Clark added six assists and five rebounds for Virginia.

BIG PICTURE

Stony Brook: The Seawolves arrived with one of the nation's best 2-point shooting defenses and could have pulled an upset had they not been so careless with the ball. They outrebounded Virginia 16-14 in the first half and outscored them 14-8 in the paint but had 11 first-half turnovers.

Virginia: Nine days without a game did little to help Virginia's offensive woes. They scored 14 points in the first 5:43 of the game, then went 6:27 without a point but still had the lead because the Seawolves turned the ball over repeatedly. In the second half, a drought of 5 minutes quieted the crowd as the Cavaliers enjoyed just a five-point lead.

BIG PRESENCE

Stony Brook's Mouhamadou Gueye had a big impact on the inside as the Seaswolves outscored Virginia 24-22 in the paint. The 6-foot-9 junior had nine points, five rebounds and six blocks.

Said Bennett, "I think he took away some of our in-the-paint plays."

FAST START

Virginia outscored the Seaswolves 14-2 in the opening 5:43, Kody Stattmann's 3-pointer finally causing Ford to call a timeout.

"Maybe I should have called a timeout a couple of possessions sooner," he said. "It was just bad body language. I didn't like how we looked."

The Cavaliers managed just 14 points the rest of the first half to lead 28-21 at the break. The Seawolves kept pace the rest of the game with both teams scoring 42 after the fast start.

UP NEXT

The Seawolves stay on the road, playing at American on Saturday.

The Cavaliers remain at home and face South Carolina on Sunday.

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Leaders

Stony Brook PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Ochefu 0 0 1 1 0 0
J. McKenzie 0 0 0 3 0 0
Virginia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
F. Caffaro 0 0 0 3 0 0
B. Key 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Comparison

Stony UVA
Points For 44 56
Field Goals 17/45-38% 21/52-40%
Three Pointers 5/21-24% 5/16-31%
Free Throws 5/8-62% 9/12-75%
Offensive Rebounds 8 11
Defensive Rebounds 21 20
Rebounds 29 36
Blocks 7 4
Steals 8 4
Turnovers 17 10
Personal Fouls 9 8
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - UVA Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Dec 18 Stony 44 @ UVA 56 T. Pierre Philippe 2 C. Morsell 2

Game Information

Stadium: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia
Attendance: 13,665
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