The No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in dominating fashion on Saturday. See what UVA head coach Tony Bennett said following the win.
UVA won the game, 82-55, handing the Irish their most-lopsided home defeat since 1999, when they lost to Villanova, 93-62 in Purcell Pavilion.
Following the game, Bennett called Diakite the key for the Wahoos as he watched his team’s lead to shrink to 12 points in the second half before closing the game on a 28-13 run.
“I thought Mamadi was a key in this game,” said Bennett. “When (Notre Dame) cut it to 12, we were having a little trouble. (John) Mooney stepped out and hit a couple threes and we weren’t getting back. Mamadi used his quickness defensively to block some shots. That was a real key for us to reestablish what we needed to do because it was a shaky stretch.”
Check out Bennett’s full post-game press conference and read the game notes courtesy of VirginiaSports:
• Virginia (18-1, 6-1 ACC) is 12-2 all-time vs. Notre Dame, including a 7-0 ACC regular-season record
• UVA is 5-0 against the Irish in Notre Dame
• UVA has limited Notre Dame to 58 or fewer points in six of the last eight meetings.
• Head coach Tony Bennett is 8-1 all-time against Notre Dame
• UVA jumped to a 12-0 lead as Notre Dame missed its first nine field goal attempts
• The Cavaliers led 42-25 at halftime behind 55.9 percent field goal shooting
• UVA is 32-1 all-time when scoring 80 or more points under Tony Bennett
• UVA is 5-1 in true road games
• Virginia tied a school record with two turnovers
• UVA had five players in double figures for the second straight game
• Clark had a career-best 12 points
• Guy has a 19-game 3-pointer streak and has made two or more 3-pointers in each of the past 10 games
• Guy moved into a tie for 46th with Mamadi Diane on UVA’s career scoring list with 1,022 points
• Jerome matched a career high with nine rebounds
• Diakite matched career highs in blocked shots (4) and rebounds (7)