CHARLOTTESVILLE, — Guard Malcolm Brogdon knocked down a career-high four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 18 points as Virginia cruised past in-state rival Virginia Tech 65-45 on Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena.
With the win, the Cavaliers moved to 6-1 in the ACC, which is their best start in conference play since the 1982-1983 season.
Virginia shot 43.5 percent from the field for the game while holding Virginia Tech to just 33.3 percent shooting. The Hokies made just 3 of 18 3-point attempts as they struggled to handle Virginia’s patented pack-line defense.
Freshman guard Devin Wilson was the only Hokies player in double figures as he scored 12 points. Forwards Joey Van Zegeren, Jarell Eddie and C.J. Barksdale added seven points apiece.
The Hokies opened the second half on a 6-0 run but were never able to get closer than 12 in the second half as they turned the ball over 12 times for the game and were outrebounded by the Cavaliers 34-29.
Guard Joe Harris added 12 points for Virginia while center Mike Tobey scored eight points and pulled down five rebounds.
After Virginia Tech took an 8-7 lead on Eddie’s 3-pointer with 17:09 left in the first half, Virginia used a 27-9 run to end the half and lead 34-17.
The Hokies were ice cold from the field in the first half shooting just 27.3 percent from the field, which included a stretch of more than eight minutes where they failed to score a point. A Wilson free throw with 6:12 left ended that drought but the damage was done. Guard Ben Emelogu led the Hokies with six first-half points off of the bench.
The Cavaliers shot 54.5 percent from the field in the first half as they knocked down five 3-pointers. Brogdon and Harris combined for 21 first-half points.
NOTES: Since the 1999-2000 season, Virginia has a 49-13 record against teams from the Commonwealth of Virginia. … Virginia has won its first five ACC games by 10 or more points for the first time in school history. … After winning their ACC opener against Miami, Virginia Tech has lost five straight games.
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