UVA looks to turn the page on turnover bug

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- As North Carolina went on a 17-3 run on Monday night, Tony Bennett called a timeout, which brought out a different side of the Virginia coach.

"Coach (Brad) Soderberg said I'm glad you channeled your inner Dick Bennett, that's my father," Bennett said after the game, "He said because I almost blew out a couple veins in my neck."

"He just started screaming," junior guard Ty Jerome said about the timeout, "I try to keep everybody calm because I think they went up 6, they went on a run, he started losing it a little bit, so I brought the team together and told everyone to stay calm."

The frustration came from turnovers, a consistent problem for Virginia over their past four games, including Saturday's loss at home to Duke. The Wahoos have committed double-digit turnovers four straight games for the first time since 2014-2015, including the 10 against the Tar Heels.

"We had been struggling with that for the three games, some key turnovers," Bennett said, "I just said enough is enough."

The timeout worked as Virginia went the rest of the second half without committing a single turnover and going on a 12-2 run of their own to close out with a win.

"They responded they took care of the ball, they understood just get a shot up because afford those," Bennett said.

The turnover problem of late is rarity for Bennett's teams, especially this season as the Cavaliers came into the game ranked second in the country in fewest turnovers per game. It is an issue the team knows they have to clean up in the ACC's hostile environments.

"We just need to take care of the ball down the stretch, especially against a team like that in their house," Jerome said, "A packed environment, crazy environment, so we knew we had to take care of the ball and I knew it was going to start with me."



 
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