No. 25 UVA men’s basketball beats Radford 73-52 behind Armaan Franklin’s 21 points
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Armaan Franklin hit five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points, as the #25 Virginia men’s basketball team beat Radford 73-52 on Friday night at John Paul Jones Arena.
UVA connected on 9-of-20 shots as a team from behind the arc, after only making 4-of-16 in their season opening loss against Navy.
After allowing the Midshipmen to hit 52.4-percent of their three-point shots on Tuesday (11-21), the Wahoos’ defense limited the Highlanders to 6-of-20 from long range, and 37.7-percent from the floor (20-53).
“We’re susceptible but we can keep getting better,” says UVA head coach Tony Bennett. “That’s all I want them to do, is keep getting excelling, and finding how hard they have to play, and how well they have to play in the important areas that will never change. But we do not have an option when it comes to not being engaged and working like crazy practice-wise.”
Franklin says, “They put a lot of pressure on us in practice last couple days and I think it translated well and we handled the pressure well.”
Virginia led 41-21 at halftime against Radford.
The Cavaliers had an assist on 14 of their 20 made-baskets, including a game-high five from senior Kihei Clark.
Jayden Gardner scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Virginia (1-1) will be back in action at #15 Houston on Tuesday.
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