Defensive Shift Plays Key Role In Win

Tony Bennett gets some late game assistance from Ritchie McKay.

After a game of up-and-down play and an evaporated double-digit lead, the Virginia basketball team was staring a two-point deficit in the face with 2:32 remaining Monday night against UNC-Wilmington. And to make matters worse, Coach Tony Bennett’s trademark defense was struggling to stop the Seahawks. That’s when a subtle shift essentially saved the day for the Hoos.

Jerome Meyinsse had just corralled an offensive rebound and was fouled on the putback attempt. He made both free throws to cut the score to 62-64 with 2:32 remaining. Coach Bennett called a timeout to organize his team for the stretch run. That’s when Ritchie McKay, the Cavaliers’ associate head coach, suggested a substitution that would allow the Hoos to go small in the final moments.