Win streak snapped; UVA falls 74-58 at North Carolina

UVA junior guard Armaan Franklin transferred from Indiana.
UVA junior guard Armaan Franklin transferred from Indiana.(wvir)
Published: Jan. 8, 2022 at 3:21 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 8, 2022 at 5:04 PM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Armando Bacot scored 29 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, and the North Carolina men’s basketball team defeated Virginia 74-58 on Saturday in Chapel Hill.

The points and rebound totals are both career highs for Bacot, who attended Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond.

UVA head coach Tony Bennett says, “You can go against elite athleticism and quickness, but if someone is strong and knows how to position, that can negate a lot of your mobility.”

Junior Armaan Franklin adds, “He’s a big post player, and kind of imposed his will on the offensive glass, and in the post. It was hard to keep him off the glass, and keep him from getting around the rim, but making more defensive rotations could have probably helped a lot more.”

The Wahoos kept the game close in the 1st half, and trailed 31-25 at halftime, but the Tar Heels pulled away in the 2nd half.

Carolina led by as many as 25 points, and they made 11-of-25 three-pointers.

Brady Manek scored 19 points and made five 3-pointers for UNC, while Bacot connected on 12-of-18 shots from the field.

“Defensively, we could not stop them,” says Bennett, “and if we did get a decent possession, it was an end of the shot clock make, or certainly an offensive rebound, where they just sort of had their way.”

The loss snapped Virginia’s seven-game winning streak against UNC, which was one shy of the program record, which was set from 1911-1916.

“You got to come into these games with an edge, and alert, and I don’t think we had that,” says Bennett. “I told the guys, you got to keep your head up, but you have to open up your ears and your mind to what just happened.”

Franklin adds, “We can’t dwell on this one. There’s always going to be another game. Just get back to work, have our day off, and get ready to work, and get better.”

Reece Beekman (13), Armaan Franklin (12), and Jayden Gardner (10), all scored in double-figures for UVA.

Virginia (9-6, 3-2 ACC) returns to action at home against Virginia Tech on Wednesday.

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