#8 UVA smothers Yale, 62-38
The Cavs couldn’t buy a bucket, missing 18 of their first 24 shots.
And then it started clicking.
A 14-4 run put Virginia up seven at the half, and then the defense clamped down on the speedy Bulldogs in a 62-38 win on Sunday.
Yale (2-1) had averaged 93.5 points per game in wins over Washington and Lehigh, but could never get untracked against the Pack-Line defense.
UVA (3-0) broke the game open with a 16-0 second-half run that spanned more than eight and a half minutes.
The D held Yale to five points in the final 15:16.
Just as importantly, in the absence of Nichols, dismissed on Friday for an undisclosed violation of team rules, the ball started going through the net.
After going 0-for-10 from three-point range in a 72-32 win over St. Francis Brooklyn on Tuesday, anything would have been better, even the 30 percent (6-of-20) that the ‘Hoos put up on Sunday.
Marial Shayok led the way with 15 points (6-of-14 from the field) in 20 minutes off the bench.
Kyle Guy had 12 points (3-of-4 from the field, 2-of-3 from three-point range) in 16 minutes off the bench.
Darius Thompson was the only starter to hit double figures, with 11 (5-of-8 from the field) in 23 minutes.
London Perrantes had eight points, all in the first half, on 3-of-9 shooting from the field, to go with seven assists and no turnovers in 30 minutes.
Isaiah Wilkins had five points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Virginia shot 40 percent (24-of-60) from the field and scored 1.09 points per possession for the game. Yale was 16-of-48 from the field (33.3 percent) and scored .66 points per possession.