Without missing a game, Clark returns for 'Hoos

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Freshman guard Kihei Clark played in Virginia's final game before exams against VCU on December 9 with a soft cast on his left wrist. He had surgery on a fractured bone in that wrist the next day. On Wednesday night at South Carolina, Clark returned for the Wahoos.

Clark scored two points and handed out two assists, including a cross court pass to Ty Jerome for three, in 24 minutes off the bench in the Cavaliers 69-52 win at South Carolina. It wasn't until just before game time that head coach Tony Bennett was sure Clark would play.

"He had one practice, Bennett said after the game. "They wouldn't let him sweat because he had his surgery until Tuesday. He got his stitches out.

"They (the team doctors) felt he was in a good place, Bennett added. "I asked how he felt yesterday and Kihei's like, I'm playing."

Clark injured that wrist in Virginia's win over Morgan State on December 3 taking a charge. After surgery a week later, Clark was forced to sit out Virginia's practices until Wednesday. That was enough to convince Bennett he could go.

"You could see him still struggle a little bit with that cast," Bennett said. "He'll have to keep that on for a couple weeks. Little rusty, but that's his first time of really working out in 10 days."

The Cavaliers return home on Saturday to host William and Mary.