Cracking Zone’s Code Led To Win

Tony Bennett’s team made 60.7% of its shots after halftime vs. the Tribe.

For the first half of its season-opening contest Friday, the Virginia men’s basketball team struggled against William and Mary’s preferred match-up zone. The Cavaliers couldn’t consistently find the seams in the defense, missed some open shots and committed 6 turnovers in trying to force the action.

At times, open players hesitated to pull the trigger on open shots. At times, the Hoos tried to force the ball into the paint to Mike Scott despite the Tribe’s packed-in defenders. Even when the Cavs found some operating room early, they couldn’t convert – Scott and KT Harrell each missed shots from the paint, for example, and Joe Harris couldn’t knock down an open 3-pointer at the top of the key.