NCAAB Game Recap - Navy at Virginia
Sun Dec 29, 2019 4:00 PM EST

WVU
67
OhSt
59
F
Kansas
72
Stan
56
F
AlSt
59
Oreg
98
F
Lipsco
59
Aub
86
F
UMassL
60
Mich
86
F
Bry
70
MD
84
F
W MI
62
MSU
95
F
Navy
56
UVA
65
F
Corn
59
PSU
90
F
CSBak
58
TxTch
73
F
KennSt
51
Iowa
93
F
Norf
65
Stony
81
F
AlaAM
56
ND
82
F
NJIT
47
UConn
69
F
(N/A)
55
CenCT
89
F
Lib
57
LSU
74
F
CmbTN
42
Chat
72
F
Iona
54
Colora
99
F
(N/A)
48
ETSU
117
F
KTChr
56
Presb
81
F
TXAMC
52
Nebras
73
F
NCAT
64
Ill
95
F
(N/A)
45
Bingha
98
F
VMI
82
USC-Up
91
F
Lafy
67
SacHr
66
F
HolyC
62
Sien
74
F
Campbl
63
Ohio
55
F
SeLA
31
OkSt
82
F
(N/A)
72
TN-M
92
F
(N/A)
48
SIU-E
96
F
AbCh
66
WichSt
84
F
SamH
75
Rice
61
F
Duques
61
Marsh
83
F
(N/A)
45
Radf
90
F
UCDav
69
NM
74
F
Hartfo
67
NW
66
F
TNTec
63
Miss
80
F
Leh
62
Princ
71
F
App
60
NCSU
72
F
URI
89
MidTN
62
F
Alc
57
SCla
92
F
(N/A)
67
USD
93
F
ChBap
61
NWSt
101
F
LoyMD
51
VACom
85
F
FlAtl
58
SoFL
60
F
(N/A)
59
SEMO
74
F
NDSt
66
Denv
55
F
SDSt
78
NebOm
81
F
SDak
75
W IL
82
F
N DA
66
OrSt
83
F
Harv
71
Cal
63
F
NNMU
30
NMSt
104
F
UCSB
85
ULLa
77
F
Tuls
67
KansSt
69
F
Boston
69
(N/A)
67
F
MD-ES
37
VaTec
92
F
Ark
71
Ind
64
F
Rich
78
Alab
90
F
BethC
67
StLou
77
F
ArkPB
50
WaSt
65
F
Maine
51
HI
91
F
FlGlf
58
USC
71
F

Virginia 65, Navy 56

Dec 29, 2019, 4:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Navy (6-5)

29

27

56

(16) Virginia (10-2)

37

28

65

Clark helps No. 16 Virginia hold off Navy 65-56
Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:29 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Even with a cast on his surgically repaired left hand, Braxton Key is emerging as a player No. 16 Virginia needs to have on the floor.

Key and Kihei Clark each had five points during a 12-0 second-half run and the Cavaliers overcame a sloppy effort to beat Navy 65-56.

"I try to do whatever the team needs to win," said Key, who scored 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. "If I have to score, I'll do that."

Coach Tony Bennett will take the points, but he's more concerned with Key crashing the boards and being one of the anchors of Virginia's defense.

Key energized the crowd with a put-back dunk on which he reached high in the air, grabbed the rebound with his right hand and slammed it through the hoop.

"He's steadily gotten more time and played better and we needed it," Bennett said, noting the cast protecting Key's left hand continues to be streamlined so it's not as bothersome. "I just keep challenging him to be as great as he can defensively, all over the glass and then keep finding ways to be effective offensively, and he did that."

Mamadi Diakite scored 13 points, and Clark added 10 points and 13 assists.

Clark's foul-line jumper with 9:09 remaining gave the Cavaliers the lead they had just relinquished. Key added two baskets, one resulting in a three-point play, and Clark barely beat the shot clock with a 3-point heave that rattled in, giving Virginia a 50-41 lead.

Cam Davis led Navy (6-5) with 19 points and Evan Wieck had 13. The loss was the 19th in a row for the Midshipmen when facing a ranked opponent.

The Cavaliers had only one turnover in the first half but added seven in the second as Navy slowly cut into the lead. A 3-pointer by John Carter Jr. gave the Midshipmen a 41-40 lead with 10:39 to go, but Clark's jumper got the Cavaliers the lead back and they scored the next 10 points.

Earlier in the half, they turned the ball over repeatedly when trying to get it inside.

"We got trapped in the post a couple times, some careless turnovers. It sort of piled up," Bennett said.

Navy coach Ed DeChellis blamed poor shot selection on the Midshipmen's fade after taking their only lead of the season half.

"Trying to put 10 pounds of potatoes in a five-pound sack," he called it. "We were just trying to jam it in there. They were batting it down and then they start their transition game and that's how they got us."

Virginia outscored Navy 11-4 off the fast break and 19-4 from the bench.

BIG PICTURE

Navy: Wieck is the only senior on the Midshipmen's roster. Navy shares the lead among all teams nationally with 11 freshmen, and they also have five sophomores, making this close game an encouraging sign.

Virginia: The Cavaliers led 37-29 at halftime but managed just one basket - a 3-pointer by Diakite - before Clark's foul-line jumper with 9:09 remaining. Including a buzzer-beater to end the first half, Navy outscored Virginia 15-3 in that 11-minute stretch to take the crowd-silencing 41-40 lead.

GOOD SIGN?

Virginia freshman Casey Morsell came into the game 6 for 48 on 3-point tries and made 2 of 6, while transfer Tomas Woldetensae was 2 for 4 from beyond the arc after making just 9 of 32 coming into the game. The Cavaliers have five players shooting below 30% from 3-point territory and came into the game shooting 26.1% as a team.

UP NEXT

The Midshipmen return home to face Lehigh on Thursday night.

Virginia remains at home and faces ACC rival Virginia Tech on Saturday.

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Leaders

Navy PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Yoder 0 0 1 1 0 0
R. Njoku 0 0 0 0 0 0
Virginia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. McKoy 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Coleman 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Navy UVA
Points For 56 65
Field Goals 19/49-39% 25/47-53%
Three Pointers 7/20-35% 8/19-42%
Free Throws 11/14-79% 7/10-70%
Offensive Rebounds 8 5
Defensive Rebounds 18 23
Rebounds 29 31
Blocks 0 7
Steals 6 4
Turnovers 9 8
Personal Fouls 12 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Dec 29 Navy 56 @ UVA 65 A. Loehr 4 T. Woldetensae 8

Game Information

Stadium: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia
Attendance: 14,399
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