The Virginia Cavaliers’ Men’s Basketball team fell to the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday 66-57 in front of a sold out crowd at John Paul Jones Arena.
The loss snapped UVa’s 24-game home win streak and it was the ‘Hoos first non-conference home loss since 2013.
The ‘Hoos came out confident in the first half and look a lead early. They maintained the lead through the entire first half and led 25-24 going into halftime.
However, the second half was a different story. The ‘Hoos struggled finding consistency on offense.
Coach Tony Bennett admitted his team’s offensive struggle in the post-game press conference and said the Mountaineers “were very physical and they challenge you to get open. They stay so continuous and they cover for each other.”
Senior London Perrantes struggled individually going only one-for-seven from beyond the arc and finished the game with only six points.
The team struggled utilizing free throw opportunities as well, making only 53.8% of its attempts compared to the Mountaineer’s 84.2%.
The Mountaineers also forced 14 total turnovers and 10 steals, which they converted into 18 points. UVa’s defense only forced eight total turnovers and four steals.
The ‘Hoos’ strongest asset on offense was redshirt junior Darius Thompson who led in scoring with 14 total points. Junior Mariel Shayok followed scoring nine total points.
This loss brings the ‘Hoos to 7-1 on the season. UVA will host East Carolina on Tuesday.