NCAAB Game Recap - Boston College at Virginia
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:00 PM EST

Duke
66
NCSU
88
F
Syr
66
Lou
90
F
Vill
91
DeP
71
F
Aub
55
UGA
65
F
Butl
72
Seton
74
F
Tuls
43
Hou
76
F
Samf
66
Mercer
106
F
Furm
66
ETSU
75
F
UCF
89
Cin
87
F(2OT)
ECU
73
Mem
77
F
TexAM
74
Alab
68
F
VMI
74
WCU
71
F
GaTec
86
Wake
79
F
Iona
64
Sien
65
F
Mich
60
Rut
52
F
GMas
50
Rich
65
F
Woff
79
UNCG
83
F(OT)
Army
77
LoyMD
81
F
Boston
59
Lafy
61
F
Chat
91
Citad
68
F
Leh
67
Colg
70
F
Navy
62
Amer
71
F
CenAR
68
SFA
83
F
Lamar
77
SamH
65
F
Nich
73
NWSt
69
F
SMU
72
Tul
80
F
ULMo
66
ArkSt
52
F
NDSt
77
SDak
74
F
BC
65
UVA
78
F
McNee
59
InWor
65
F
SDSt
94
N DA
83
F
TCU
56
Tex
70
F
CBap
63
UMKC
69
F
IlSt
69
LoyIL
84
F
Valpa
75
Drake
77
F(OT)
MOSt
79
Brad
83
F(OT)
Ford
49
LaSal
58
F
GrgWas
70
Duques
67
F
AbCh
82
HBU
68
F
Prov
73
GTown
63
F
KansSt
62
TxTch
69
F
Wyo
58
UtSt
78
F
SCar
76
MisSt
79
F
Ind
68
Minn
56
F
Mia-FL
102
VaTec
95
F(3OT)
Cal
66
WaSt
57
F
Bois
80
SJSU
62
F
AF
62
Fres
71
F
LongB
55
UCIrv
70
F

Feb 19, 2020, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Boston College (13-14)

23

42

65

Virginia (18-7)

35

43

78

Key, Clark lead Virginia past Boston College, 78-65
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:17 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia appears to finally have found some answers to its season-long search for offensive weapons, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

Braxton Key and Kihei Clark scored 17 points each, Tomas Woldetensae and Jayy Huff added 14 apiece and Mamadi Diakite had 10 Wednesday night as Virginia gradually pulled away for its third consecutive victory, 78-65 against Boston College. The Cavaliers' point total was their highest of the season.

“This was great,” coach Tony Bennett said. “Our offense kind of carried us.”

The Cavaliers already led 45-39 when two free throws by Key sparked a 25-11 run. Key had 11 points in the spurt that gave Virginia (18-7, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 70-50 lead with 5:21 to play. The victory solidified the Cavaliers' grasp on fourth place in the ACC with three weeks left in the regular season.

It also was their fifth win in six games, a streak that began amid talk that the reigning national champions might not even make the NCAA Tournament.

Now?

“We feel like we can win out the regular season. That's one of our goals," Key said.

BC coach Jim Christian might be inclined to agree.

“I know this: I wouldn't want to see them in the NCAA Tournament," he said. “They're playing good basketball when good basketball needs to be played.”

Nik Popovic led to Eagles (13-14, 7-9) with 22 points and Jay Heath had 18. After limiting Virginia to 32.7% shooting in their first meeting, a 60-53 BC victory on Jan. 7., the Eagles saw Virginia shoot 57.8% (26-45) and hit 10 3-pointers.

Clark was a big part of the efficiency, finishing with eight assists. Bennett said increased attention to limiting turnovers has also been one of the keys.

“Getting some contributions from others, it balances it out so I think they can't just stack the deck against him,” Bennett said of his point guard, who was turnover-prone earlier in the season when scoring was harder to come by.

Added Christian: “Clark can really deliver the ball at the right time."

Huff and Woldetensae each made three 3-pointers in the first half, with Huff's last one coming in the final seconds to give Virginia a 35-23 halftime lead.

“When Huff's hitting threes, that's a different weapon for them,” Christian said.

BC closed to within six before Key sparked the long run to seal the outcome.

The Eagles played without scoring leader Derryck Thornton (13.1 ppg), who experienced back spasms in warmups. He missed both games against Virginia.

BIG PICTURE

Boston College: Popovic was having a nice night - 10 points, five rebounds - until he was whistled for three fouls in the first 4:48 of the second half and went to the bench. With Virginia's lead growing, BC coach Jim Christian gambled and put the 6-foot-11 senior back in. He kept scoring, but so did the Cavaliers.

Virginia: After a poor start to the season, Woldentensae has emerged as the offensive wild card the Cavaliers have been seeking. In three of his previous six games, he'd made six or more 3-pointers. He's now 28 for 60 (46.7%) in his last seven games after making four of eight against the Eagles.

“It's a pretty easy assist if you throw it to him,” Huff said.

Woldetensae said extra work has sparked the turnaround.

“Extra shots after practice,” he said. “Those extra shots actually give you the confidence to come into games and be ready. I mean `mind ready.'"

UP NEXT

The Eagles return home to face Clemson on Saturday night.

The Cavaliers go on the road and play a noon game at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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Leaders

Boston College PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. Kraljevic 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Rishwain 0 0 1 1 0 0
Virginia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
F. Caffaro 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Morsell 0 0 2 0 1 0

Team Comparison

BC UVA
Points For 65 78
Field Goals 28/61-46% 26/45-58%
Three Pointers 8/22-36% 10/17-59%
Free Throws 1/2-50% 16/22-73%
Offensive Rebounds 11 4
Defensive Rebounds 16 22
Rebounds 28 26
Blocks 1 9
Steals 3 4
Turnovers 8 9
Personal Fouls 14 11
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Jan 7 UVA 53 @ BC 60 J. Huff 5 J. Rishwain 2
Wed Feb 19 BC 65 @ UVA 78 K. Williams 2 K. Stattmann 6

Game Information

Stadium: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia
Attendance: 13,819
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