CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The No. 21 Virginia men’s basketball team ended a three-game losing skid with a 62-51 victory over Miami on Monday night at John Paul Jones Arena.
Sam Hauser had 18 points and 6 rebounds on Senior Night, while Trey Murphy III had 12 points and 6 rebounds.
UVA led 41-30 at halftime, and both teams scored 21 points in the 2nd half.
The ‘Hoos held the Canes to 38.5 percent shooting from the field (20-of-52), and they made 4-of-15 three-pointers.
Virginia made 8-of-22 shots from beyond the arc, and they connected on 23-of-57 overall (40.4 percent).
With the win, UVA clinched a top-4 seed and a double-bye in the ACC Tournament, and they have won at least twelve conference games for the fourth year in a row.
The Cavaliers honored seniors Sam Hauser, Jay Huff, Tomas Woldetensae, and former Albemarle High School star Austin Kastra before the game, as well as former STAB standout Matt Palumbo, and Carter Furr, who both serve as team managers.
With no fans in the stands at JPJ, the experience was different.
Head coach Tony Bennett says, “Senior night is for the fans to show their appreciation for the young men that have been in this program, for whether it’s two years, five years in Jay’s (Huff) case, four years for Austin (Katstra), and all those guys. This place has become special, and special for all of us, and I missed that. I so wish Sam Hauser could have experienced that.”
“To be honest, fans or no fans, we got to win tonight,” says Hauser. “My family was here to see me play. We played well as a team, and I couldn’t ask for much more. It would be great if the fans could be here in order to get the full experience. It is what it is, we can’t control that, but I’m just glad we were able to get on the winning side of things. Hopefully we can take a step from here.”
UVA (16-6, 12-4 ACC) is scheduled to be back in action on Saturday at Louisville in its regular season finale.