CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The finals break could not have come at a better time for Virginia with a top-five matchup against Houston waiting around the corner.

"We needed this break," UVA associate head coach Jason Williford said on Tuesday, "We needed to heal up and rest up, exam time was much needed for us mentally and physically."

Chief among those needing the 10-days of rest is starting point guard Reece Beekman, who missed the final 36 minutes against James Madison with a right hamstring injury. Tony Bennett said the team doctor advised for Beekman to sit the rest of the game as a precaution as Virginia grinded out a 55-50 win over the Dukes.

Williford did not say on Tuesday whether Beekman had been able to practice yet during the downtime, but echoed the cautious approach.

"It's day-by-day, we're still just seeing how he's recovering," Williford said, "We won't know anything just yet."

Beekman has been key to the Cavaliers hot start to the season and their rise up to No. 2 in the AP Top-25 for the first time since 2019. The junior guard is averaging 10 points, 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals and has turned in big performances in arguably Virginia's most impressive wins at Michigan and against Illinois and Baylor in Las Vegas.

In the last two games, Beekman has been hobbled by an ankle injury against Florida State and then missing the majority of their matchup against JMU. Virginia won both games by five points and are the only two games the Cavaliers failed to reach the 70 point mark this season.

"Reece provides excellent on-ball defense, even off-ball defense, he's able to get into passing lanes a lot and picks some steals, so that's been missing a little bit," junior center Kadin Shedrick said, "Offensively also I think he provides us with great pressure on the rim, I think he's able to get to the rim."

Bennett described this year's team as a "we" team and less dependent on any one or two players than in years past. Virginia currently ranks second in the ACC in assists per game and Shedrick feels Virginia showed off their improved team play in those grittier wins against Florida State and JMU.

"I think even without him it's been really good for us to find ways to win without him because JMU, they're a good team in my opinion, we all knew they were going to be a good team coming into it," Shedrick said, "We were able to find different lineups and ways to get it to work out and win the game.

But No. 5 Houston will provide a different test coming into John Paul Jones Arena with the nation's top scoring defense, allowing only 49.7 points per game.

"It will be good to have him back when he's ready," Shedrick said.