CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.: Trey Murphy III scored seven of his 15 points during a 13-0 first-half run and No. 16 Virginia returned from a long coronavirus-related pause to beat William & Mary 76-40 on Tuesday.
The Cavaliers (4-1) were playing for the first time since they beat Kent State on Dec. 4 but showed few signs of rust as they cashed in on their first five possessions to take an 11-2 lead. A 13-0 run came shortly thereafter as William & Mary went 7:52 without scoring.
Yuri Covingtons 12 points led the Tribe (2-3), which never recovered. They lost their 12th straight in the series, which Virginia leads 56-26. William & Mary’s last victory against the Cavaliers came in 1984-85.
The game served as a tuneup of sorts for the Cavaliers before they face top-ranked Gonzaga on Saturday, but with the contest well in hand, coach Tony Bennett emptied his bench.
William & Mary: The Tribe had great difficulty with Virginia’s quickness and height advantage. The Cavaliers got 14 of their first 17 points in the paint six on driving layups by Kihei Clark. William & Mary’s scoring drought also coincided with its sloppiness. In nearly eight minutes, the Tribe had six turnovers and were just 0 for 4 from the field.
Virginia: Clark’s reinsertion into the starting lineup provided an instant boost as he scored 14 seconds into the game on a layup, one of three he had in the opening eight minutes. He had come off the bench in the last two games as freshman Reece Beekman started.
The Tribe begin Colonial Athletic Association play with games at Hofstra on Jan. 2 and 3.
The Cavaliers go on the road to face top-ranked Gonzaga in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday.
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