The sixth ranked Virginia men's basketball bounced back on Thursday night. The Cavaliers got back to winning ways in their opening game in the Charleston Classic beating Bradley 82-57 behind an impressive performance from Anthony Gill. Gill led the team with 16 points and seven rebounds, and ultimately was responsible for leading the Cavalier comeback in the final eight minutes of the first half.
This was also a good game for UVA point guard London Perrantes, who had his best outing thus far this season. Perrantes not only scored a season-high 12 points, but a game-high and season-high eight assists. But things did not start so smoothly for the Wahoos.
Virginia started off sluggish in the first half and found itself behind 22-19 with over seven minutes to go in the first half after two three-pointers by Luuk Van Bree. But after a few made free throws by Gill, the 'Hoos went on a 18-3 run to end the half with Malcolm Brogdon, Perrantes and Gill leading the charge. The 'Hoos went into the locker rooms leading 37-25 and never looked back. The Cavaliers finished the game shooting 56.6 percent, which is a season-best.
In his first career start for UVA, Marial Shayok had a career-high ten points; Brogdon rounded out the double digit scorers 13 points.
The Cavaliers will now play Long Beach on Friday night in the second round of the Charleston Classic. Tip off is set for 9:30 PM.