Clark makes UVA history becoming all time winningest player
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS)-- There were a lot of stars in the building for the Commonwealth Clash but none shone as bright as Kihei Clark. The super senior notched his 61st double of his career as scored a season high 20 points, to top it all off though, it was all in route to becoming the winningest player in UVA program history. With his 111th win over rival Virginia Tech Clark now passes Mamadi Diakite (110 from 2017-20) for first on UVA’s career wins list.
A lot of jokes have been made about Clark's lengthy tenure at UVA. Even Tony Bennett joked that Clark deserves an asterisk beside his record because he had an extra year to accomplish it. But in the end Bennett said the record wasn't because of the extra time Clark had, it was because of his competitive drive.
"You know he is such a competitor, Kihei is," said UVA men's basketball coach Tony Bennett, "They're an important part of the fabric of this program and what has taken place and hopefully what will continue. But a guy his size doesn't get to where he is without having a fierce side. He's a competitor, he wants to win and that's what he's done most of his career."
At the end of last year, this milestone seemed out of reach as Clark had announced he would be moving on. But then, just a few weeks later the 5'10 guard changed his mind, announcing he would have one more go with the Cavaliers. Clark has faced the Hokies many times over the span of his time at UVA but Wednesday night's contest was undoubtedly his most successful as he scored the most points he ever has in this rivalry, while adding 5 assists as well. Clark currently has 640 career assists, meaning he needs just 43 more to pass John Crotty for the UVA all-time assists record.
"He's more explosive this year," said Virginia Tech men's basketball coach Mike Young, "He looks a little bigger and stronger. You know what high regard we hold that young person in, in our camp. But boy, he's got a slow to fast that is ....wow. He is waiting for somebody to blink, and then lob to Shedrick, underneath to Gardner and one of those."
Mike Young and the Hokies will face Clark one more time for round 2 of the Commonwealth Clash in Blacksburg on February 4th.