Marial Shayok led a balanced offensive effort for the Virginia Cavaliers as they held off the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Charlottesville, 62 to 49.
Shayok’s 19 points set the pace for UVA, with Devon Hall adding 10 more. Hall has now scored in double figures in six of the Cavaliers’ last seven games. Josh Okogie led Tech with 14.
Jack Salt did a masterful job shutting down the Jackets’ impact big man and leading scorer, Ben Lammers. Coming into the game, Lammers averaged almost 15 points per game. Salt held Lammers to 2 points on 1-of-5 shooting in the first half while committing only one foul. Lammers would miss his first five FG attempts in the second half, and finished with only 7 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
The Hoos held a 35-28 lead at halftime, but the normally stout Cavalier defense was ... not great for stretches of the first period.
Jackets averaging 1.192 points per possession against UVA thus far, which is something like running a 4-minute mile in clown shoes.— Ken Sugiura (@ksugiuraajc) January 21, 2017
Virginia got Tech’s offensive efficiency back down to 0.9 by halftime and 0.817 by game’s end.
Floor general London Perrantes also surpassed a major milestone in the first twenty minutes.
London has become the 4th Cavalier in school history with 1,000 points & 500 assists! #GTvsUVA pic.twitter.com/NDa5YvLCgd— Virginia Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) January 21, 2017
After an 11-point outburst in the first half, Perrantes was quiet in the second, not registering a bucket after halftime.
Virginia returns to action Tuesday night with a trip to South Bend and a matchup with Notre Dame. Tip-off is at 8 PM on the ACC Network affiliates.