Rally comes up short; UVa Men’s Basketball falls 80-73 at No. 5 Louisville

Thomas Woldetensae and Kihei Clark combined to score 50 points, but the UVa men’s basketball team fell 80-73 at No. 5 Louisville on Saturday.

Rally comes up short; UVa Men’s Basketball falls 80-73 at No. 5 Louisville
UVa head coach Tony Bennett (Source: WVIR)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia men’s basketball team had its three-game winning streak snapped, as the Cavaliers fell 80-73 on Saturday at #5 Louisville.

UVa trailed by as many as 16 points in the 1st half, but the 'Hoos rallied behind Tomas Woldetensae and Kihei Clark in the 2nd.

Woldetensae hit seven three-pointers, and scored a career-high 27 points. Clark added 23 points, and dished out a game-high seven assists.

Head coach Tony Bennett says, “First to start the game, they shot lights out and we didn’t. We knew they could shoot, but you have to trust the defense behind you and try to pressure the ball so, I thought we adjusted well. But, I thought some key baskets inside that, they got. They went right inside, and then we gave up a couple of key offensive rebounds that I thought we had. And those are play-hard-ball gets. You have come up with those, but that doesn’t take away from how well our guys fought and how they came back and we were better defensively, but we have to finish the play and to give up the eight offensive rebounds and I think a couple of them were at crucial times and there were some plays made and, it’s just one of those games where it didn’t look good early because of how they were shooting. But, our guys hung in there and again, usually our defense keeps us in there, well this time, our offense had to kind of keep us in there, and Louisville’s a very good team obviously. You can see that.”

Virginia took a 70-68 lead on two free throws by Clark with 3:25 to play, but the Cardinals were able to pull away down the stretch.

Louisville hit 21-of-24 free throws in the 2nd half, after not attempting a shot from the line in the 1st half.

The 73 points are the most the Cavaliers have scored in a game this season, but the 80 points are also the most they have allowed.

UVa (15-7, 7-5 ACC) will be back in action at home against Notre Dame on Tuesday.

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