SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Virginia scored the first nine points of the second half to extend a double-digit halftime lead and post a 68-53 victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday night.
The Cavaliers built a 20-point lead in the first half only to see it trimmed to 10 at the intermission. The Cavaliers, however, used a 15-5 run to open the second half to regain control and coast to the win.
Virginia guard London Perrantes opened the half with a 3-pointer and center Mike Tobey capped the spurt with a dunk to make it 52-29.
Virginia improved to 16-5 overall and 7-1 in the ACC. The Cavaliers, who play at Pittsburgh on Sunday, won their fourth straight game.
Guard Malcolm Brogdon led the Cavaliers with 16 points while Tobey added 14.
Virginia limited Notre Dame’s two leading scorers — center Garrick Sherman (15.2) and guard Eric Atkins (14.2) — to a combined 14 points, Sherman with eight and Atkins six.
Freshman guard Demetrius Jackson and sophomore forward Zach Auguste each scored 10 points for the Irish.
Notre Dame dropped to 11-10 overall and 2-6 in the ACC. The Irish, who host Boston College on Saturday, won their ACC opener against Duke, but have since dropped six of seven in league play.
Virginia at times looked like it would run away and hide before halftime thanks in large part to 13 Notre Dame turnovers.
The Cavaliers led 32-12, a chunk of that coming from Brogdon, who scored 12 in the half. Brogdon, who scored seven of Virginia’s first nine points, entered as Virginia’s second-leading scorer at 11.4 per game.
Notre Dame, however, trimmed the deficit to 34-24 at halftime behind Jackson, who was moved out of the starting lineup.
With Notre Dame trailing 34-18, Jackson book-ended a 9-0 run to close the half by hitting a 3-pointer to start the mini-run and capping it with a basket.
NOTES: Notre Dame freshman G Steve Vasturia made his second career start, replacing classmate Demetrius Jackson as a starter. In 22 minutes during Saturday’s loss at Wake Forest, Jackson did not attempt a shot from the field … Notre Dame assistant coach Anthony Solomon played for the Cavaliers from 1983-87 … The teams met for the seventh time. Their previous matchup came in the championship game of the 1992 Postseason NIT. Virginia won that game, and it entered Tuesday’s contest with a 5-1 series lead … Virginia’s 6-1 start in ACC play was its best since an identical start in 1982-83, when Ralph Sampson played for the Cavaliers.
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