Jan. 21, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Marial Shayok scored a career-best 19 points, the third time in four games he has set or tied his career high, and No. 16 Virginia used a 22-7 run spanning halftime to beat Georgia Tech 62-49 on Saturday.
In his first start four games ago, he scored 17 points. He matched it the next game, and then set a new high on 6-for-9 shooting against the Yellow Jackets.
London Perrantes added 11 points, all in the first 7 minutes, for the Cavaliers (15-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), Devon Hall had 10 and Jack Salt had five points, six rebounds, a steal, a block and played harassing defense on Georgia Tech scoring leader Ben Lammers.
”There were a few story lines but I don’t think there were any bigger than how Jack impacted the game,” Bennett said after Lammers was 3 for 12 and scored seven points, less than half his 14.9 average. ”Jack was just there. He was a presence.”
The victory was the fourth straight for Virginia.
The Yellow Jackets pulled within 29-28 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half, but Virginia scored the last six points of the half and started the second half with a 16-7 run to lead 51-35 with under 10 minutes to play.
”We’ve been pretty good at answering runs, but we didn’t answer that one,” first-year coach Josh Pastner said.
Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets won half of their first six league games for the first time since the 2009-10 season and have some pieces in place to improve quickly under Pastner. Okogie has been a pleasant surprise, and the 6-foot-10 Lammers is a scorer and rim protector. The Yellow Jackets are athletic and were able to drive on the Cavaliers better than most teams have this season.
Virginia: Perrantes continued a recent stretch in which the pass-first point guard has been more aggressive looking to score himself. The fast start prompted Georgia Tech to go to a box-and-1 defense to slow him down, but Shayok and others picked up the slack.
COACH PASTNER POST-GAME AUDIO
The Yellow Jackets head home after three straight games on the road to face No. 10 Florida State on Wednesday night.
Virginia is back on the road for a meeting with No. 15 Notre Dame on Tuesday night, then plays at No. 1 Villanova.