NCAAB Game Recap - Virginia at Virginia Tech
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:00 PM EST

MD
74
Minn
73
F
StJon
60
Vill
71
F
Rut
64
PSU
65
F
UGA
90
SCar
94
F(OT)
UCF
65
UConn
81
F
ECU
68
SoFL
73
F(OT)
Syr
72
Pitt
49
F
Rich
73
GrgWas
70
F
Brad
74
IlSt
71
F(OT)
Albany
69
UMassL
88
F
Sien
84
Quin
77
F
Denv
51
IPFW
58
F
ETSU
60
Woff
54
F
Samf
78
WCU
109
F
Chat
71
VMI
64
F
UVA
56
VaTec
53
F
Hartfo
65
Stony
54
F
Duques
81
StBon
77
F(OT)
Furm
81
UNCG
67
F
LoyMD
57
Navy
62
F
Bingha
76
UMBC
74
F
VACom
52
UMass
60
F
Maris
56
Manh
65
F
UNH
77
Maine
70
F
Boston
55
Leh
57
F(OT)
URI
76
Ford
75
F
Mercer
73
Citad
57
F
Colg
70
Buck
71
F
HolyC
61
Army
67
F
Lafy
59
Amer
79
F
NWSt
59
SFA
90
F
SeLA
82
McNee
104
F
N DA
83
NebOm
84
F(OT)
ArkSt
74
ULLa
77
F
IndSt
77
SIU
68
F
Evans
64
NrthIA
84
F
TXAMC
81
NOrl
75
F
InWor
66
Lamar
86
F
Nich
93
HBU
85
F
GTown
72
Marq
93
F
Tenn
69
Ark
86
F
ND
62
BC
61
F
NM
58
AF
60
F
Mizzu
61
Vand
52
F
StJos
63
StLou
76
F
LSU
66
Fla
81
F
SamH
69
AbCh
85
F
UtVal
66
CBap
73
F
Utah
62
Stan
70
F
CSNor
73
LongB
64
F
Bois
66
UNLV
76
F

Feb 26, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Virginia (20-7)

26

30

56

Virginia Tech (15-13)

11

42

53

Clark's 3-pointer lifts Virginia past Virginia Tech, 56-53
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:56 PM

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Kihei Clark knew exactly what he was going to do when he took an inbounds pass in a tie game on the road and 11 seconds racing quickly off the clock.

"Yeah. I was shooting it," the sophomore point guard said after his 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left lifted Virginia to a 56-53 victory at Virginia Tech on Wednesday night, saving them after they blew a big halftime lead.

"I probably just used the ball screen and I kind of figured they thought I was going to be driving so I crossed back and I created some space," he said.

And gave the reigning national champions another nail-biter win. It extended their winning streak to five, four of them decided by three points or fewer.

"We're giving a lot of people a heart attack," forward Braxton Key said. "We're learning. We're a young team. We're starting to grow up though. We're learning how to win."

Clark's lone 3-pointer rescued Virginia (20-7, 12-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), which led 26-11 at halftime before the Hokies started making shots they'd been missing. They twice took the lead in the final five minutes, and Tyrece Radford's slicing drive for a layup with 11 seconds left tied things at 53.

"We were doing the exact same things in the second half that we were doing in the the first half," first-year coach Mike Young said. The only difference was that they were being a little bit more aggressive and shots were falling, he said.

The Cavaliers (20-7, 12-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) solidified their hold on fourth place in the conference standings and won their fourth straight in the series. The Hokies (15-13, 6-11) lost for the eighth time in nine games, and Young said he's not as concerned with his team's psyche as winning games.

"We don't get into feelings around here," he said.

Mamadi Diakite led Virginia with 19 points, Key had 10 with 11 rebounds and Clark had seven points, six rebounds and six assists.

Landers Nolley led the Hokies with 13 points.

Virginia Tech came back after setting a program record since joining the ACC in 2004 with just 11 first-half points to trail 26-11. Their comeback began immediately after halftime as they hit 6 of 7 shots, including all three 3-pointers, then used an 11-2 run to get within 40-37 on P.J. Horne's 3-pointer.

They pulled even at 44 on two free throws by Nolley, went ahead on Hunter Cattoor's 3-pointer with 4:49 left and it was back and forth to the finish. After two free throws by Nolley gave the Hokies a 51-48 lead with 3:31 left, Clark scored inside and Casey Morsell hit a 3-pointer for Virginia to lead 53-51.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers lead the nation is scoring defense (52.7) and have done much of their best work against the Hokies. They held Virginia Tech to just 17 first-half points in their first meeting, a 65-39 victory, tying a Hokies' first-half futility record since they joined the ACC in 2004. Virginia Tech has managed just 17 three times, twice against Virginia (2014, 2020) and once against Temple (2009). The earlier game this year also marked Virginia Tech's lowest scoring total since a 43-33 loss to East Carolina in 1967.

Virginia Tech: Hokies scoring leader Landers Nolley (16.7 ppg) was not in the starting lineup for just the second time this season. He came into the game 8 for 44 from the field (18%) over his last three games and 2 for 17 (11%) from 3-point territory. He finished 3 for 10 overall and 1 for 5 on 3-pointers.

UP NEXT

The Cavaliers return home to face No. 7 Duke on Saturday night.

The Hokies head out on the road to play at No. 11 Louisville on Sunday. ---

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Leaders

Virginia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
F. Caffaro 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Diakite 19 0 0 6 0 2
Virginia Tech PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
I. Wilkins 0 0 1 2 0 1
L. Nolley II 13 0 2 5 1 1

Team Comparison

UVA VaTec
Points For 56 53
Field Goals 21/49-43% 19/51-37%
Three Pointers 6/21-29% 9/27-33%
Free Throws 8/10-80% 6/7-86%
Offensive Rebounds 7 4
Defensive Rebounds 27 19
Rebounds 36 24
Blocks 5 5
Steals 2 4
Turnovers 11 7
Personal Fouls 12 10
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - UVA Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 4 VaTec 39 @ UVA 65 N. Alleyne 2 J. Huff 2
Wed Feb 26 UVA 56 @ VaTec 53 J. Huff 2 J. Ojiako 2

Game Information

Stadium: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia
Attendance: 9,275
Game Time: