Virginia Basketball Double Bonus: Virginia Tech

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Virginia won at the John Paul Jones Arena.
Francisco Caffaro posted career highs for Virginia in the win. ~ Photo courtesy of Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

The Virginia basketball team pulled out a 54-52 victory against Virginia Tech on Wednesday night at the John Paul Jones Arena. The Hoos held the Hokies to a single basket in the final 4:55 and got clutch baskets or free throws from four different players over the same span to secure the win. The Double Bonus is back for a closer look.

Unlikely Star

The story of the game turned out to be redshirt junior Francisco Caffaro, who led the team with 16 points and 9 rebounds on 5-7 shooting and 6-10 free throws. Every single one of those numbers represent a new career high for the big man. He also physically battled Tech star Keve Aluma and that may have contributed to a 9-20 shooting night with 3 turnovers, though Aluma did put up 22 points and 3 assists too.

A lot of the game recap focused on Caffaro so check that out for more, but here is a Tony Bennett quote on the Argentina native that didn’t make that article:

“He’s physical. He’s coming and getting extra time and he’s purposeful,” Bennett said. “He’s one of the most fun, loving young men, I was going to say kid but young men, on our team; he really is and he always plays hard. It’s new to him. He has not played a lot. So now he’s getting