Virginia Wins 56-53 at Virginia Tech in Commonwealth Clash

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Virginia’s Kihei Clark drives on Virginia Tech’s Wabissa Bede (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Blacksburg, Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

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BLACKSBURG, Va. –Kihei Clark (Woodland Hills, Calif.) hit a three-pointer with two seconds remaining to give Virginia (20-7, 12-5 ACC) the 56-53 win at Virginia Tech (15-13, 6-11 ACC) on Wednesday night at Cassell Coliseum.

Three players finished in double-figures for the Cavaliers. Mamadi Diakite (Conarky, Guinea) had a game-high 19 points with six rebounds and two blocks. Clark finished with 10 points and had six assists. Braxton Key (Charlotte, N.C.) recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Cavaliers were 42.9 percent from the field, while Virginia Tech shot 37.3 percent. UVA led in rebounds (34-23).

Virginia scored first and had a 12-4 lead at the 12:05 mark in the first half. The Cavaliers were up 20-11 and closed the first half on a 6-0 run to lead 26-11 at halftime.

UVA was leading 38-26 with 13:40 to go in the second half when Virginia Tech used an 11-2 run to cut it to 40-37 with 8:20 on the clock. The Hokies tied it up 44-44 and took their first lead of the game, 47-46, with 4:51 to go. The teams traded the lead and Virginia Tech was up 51-50 when Casey Morsell (Fort Washington, Md.) hit a three to put UVA back in front. The Hokies tied it 53-53 before Clark hit is game-winning three.

Diakite had a game-high 19 points, Key finished with a double-double and Clark hit the game-winner to lead Virginia to the road-win.

• The Commonwealth Clash encourages a friendly, statewide rivalry between the two schools across all school-sponsored sports with 21 individual event points on the line.
• The school that accumulates 11 points or more will be crowned the winner and take home the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash trophy. 
• The UVA-VT game is worth a half point in the Clash. The Cavaliers lead this year’s Clash 6.5-3.5.
• UVA captured the Clash in 2015, 2016 and 2019, while Virginia Tech has won the Clash in 2017 and 2018.

• UVA has won 20 or more games in nine consecutive seasons
• UVA has a five-game winning streak
• UVA clinched a double bye for the ACC Tournament
• UVA led 26-11 at the half, fewest first-half points allowed by UVA since allowing seven points at Pitt on Feb. 24, 2018
• UVA has a four-game winning streak in the series and three-game winning streak at Cassell Coliseum

• Nolley did not start for the second time this season.

• Nolley scored in double figures for the 24th time in 28 games.

• P.J. Horne hit three 3-pointers, and he has hit at least three 3’s in five games this season.

• John Ojiako earned his first start of his career, and Isaiah Wilkins started for just the fifth time in his career (fourth this season).

Virginia returns home to host No. 7 Duke at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, at John Paul Jones Arena. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. The Hokies return to the court Sunday when they take on No. 11 Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. The game is slated to tip off at 6 p.m. and can be seen on the ACC Network.

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