For the second consecutive game, Virginia shot worse than 35% from the field, and worse than 15% from behind the arc in tonight's 60-47 loss to Iowa State. Senior forward Jamie Vanderbeken, who usually averages only 9.8 points per game, showed why he is currently third in Iowa State history in three-point shooting percentage (42.1%) by going 5-for-8 from 3-point land.
Meanwhile, Virginia shot 32.3% from the field, 12.5% from the three, including 0-for-13 in the first half. Virginia missed 18 consecutive three-point attempts (last four vs. Seattle on Dec. 22, first 14 tonight) before KT Harrell's made 3-pointer at 15:10 of the second half. With double-double expert Mike Scott out once again due to an aggravated ankle injury, no Cavalier scored in double figures.
"It's a challenge certainly without Mike [Scott] and with Will Sherrill coming back a
nd not at full strength, but we have to make some shots and we have to work to get good looks," Coach Bennett said after the game. "You have to try to get into the paint, maybe off the dribble - Assane [Sene] made one and Will Regan had a good post move. But without Mike, and I don't want to sound like a broken record, that's an area of concern for us, trying to get an inside-outside attack."
The last time Virginia failed to have a player score in double figures was against Georgia Tech in 1991. It was the third consecutive game that Virginia scored under 60 points, the first time that's happened since the 1993-94 season.
KT Harrell led the Cavaliers with nine points, followed by Assane Sene and Will Regan with seven points each. Will Sherrill led the rebounding effort with nine.
Virginia returns to action on Sunday night against LSU at John Paul Jones Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.