Cavaliers rally to beat Hokies 56-53 in Blacksburg

Mamadi Diakite scored a game-high 19 points, and Kihei Clark hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 2.1 second left, as the Cavaliers rallied to win 56-53 at Virginia Tech.

Cavaliers rally to beat Hokies 56-53 in Blacksburg
UVa sophomore Kihei Clark reacts to hitting the game-winning shot against Virginia Tech (Source: WVIR)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia men’s basketball team scored eight of the final 10 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer by Kihei Clark with 2.1 seconds left in regulation, and the Cavaliers rallied to beat Virginia Tech 56-53 in Blacksburg on Wednesday night.

UVa led the Hokies 26-11 at halftime, but the Tech rallied to take a 51-48 lead with 3:31 to play.

“You knew they were going to make a run here," says head coach Tony Bennett, "and they started attacking and made some long three′s. A few of them were contested, and on a few of them we had some breakdowns because they were running good actions. So, give credit to how they attacked and what they did, and we weren’t sharp. The 3-point shot is such a momentum swing, so they just started going. We could feel the crowd, and when they got the lead this place got very loud. So, our guys responded well.”

Mamadi Diakite finished with a game-high 19 points, after outscoring Virginia Tech 13-11 in the first half.

Braxton Key had 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Clark had 10 points and six assists.

Virginia (20-7, 12-5 #ACC) will be back in action on Saturday against #7 Duke at John Paul Jones Arena.

Tip-off is scheduled for six o’clock.

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