Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

February 5, 2014

No. 20 Virginia handles Boston College

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Malcolm Brogdon had 17 points, a career-best 11 rebounds and seven assists and No. 20 Virginia used two big first-half runs to take command and beat Boston College 77-67 on Wednesday night, the Cavaliers’ sixth consecutive victory.

Anthony Gill and Justin Anderson added 13 points each for the Cavaliers (18-5, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Virginia led 40-21 at halftime and never let its margin dip below 13 until the final minutes, when the Eagles scored 12 straight to get within 71-64 before Brogdon clinched it at the free throw line.

Ryan Anderson scored 20 points to lead the Eagles (6-16, 2-7), who lost for the ninth time in 11 games. Their only two victories in that stretch have both come against last-place Virginia Tech.

Gill’s layup sparked a 15-0 burst early in the game, allowing the Cavaliers to pull away from a 5-all tie. After BC scored eight straight to get within 20-13, Virginia closed the half with a 20-8 spree.

The victory continued Virginia’s best start in the conference since the 1981-82 team won 12 of its first 13 games, but not before the Eagles made it interesting with a flurry of late scoring.

Trailing 69-50, they scored 17 of the next 21 points, closing to 73-67 with 57 seconds left on Garland Owens’ 3-pointer. Brogdon was quickly fouled, and he made both shots as Virginia held on.

The game was the Cavaliers’ first since a 3-pointer by Brogdon in the closing seconds lifted them to a 48-45 victory at No. 18 Pittsburgh, a triumph that vaulted Virginia back into the Top 25 for the first time since the opening weeks of the season.

They took command quickly, in part by shooting 50 percent (17 of 34) from the field before halftime, and by turning 10 offensive rebounds into 16 second-chance points. The Eagles, meanwhile, shot just 39 percent in the first half and were outrebounded 24-11. Virginia turned its five turnovers into 11 points.

 

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