CHARLOTTESVILLE, V.A. (WVIR) - Sophomore point guard Kihei Clark had 10 points and a career-high 13 assists, and the No. 16 UVa men’s basketball team beat Navy 65-56 on Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Cavaliers led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but the Midshipmen rallied to take a 41-40 lead on a John Carter Jr. three-pointer with 10:41 remaining.
The lead would be short-lived, as the Wahoos went on a 12-0 run, and pulled away for the win.
Virginia had four different players score in double figures, with Braxton Key (15), Mamadi Diakite (13), and Casey Morsell (10) joining Clark.
“It felt good," says Clark. "It was a good game to get my good assists to turnover ratio. I think I did a better job taking care of the ball, and my teammates were knocking down shots, so it was pretty easy to get assists.”
Head coach Tony Bennett adds, “Kihei’s stat line, you look at 13 assists, but we got some buckets in transition, and we needed those. Our man-to-man offense was pretty solid, but once they went to that zone, we were having a hard time, even with some good looks.”
UVa (10-2, 2-0 ACC) will be back in action at home against Virginia Tech next Saturday.