No. 12 Virginia men's basketball did not have a strong start on Wednesday, however, balanced it out with a strong finish. The Cavs beat Lehigh 80-54 after going on a 11-0 run to pull away from the Mountain Hawks in the second half. In the win the 'Hoos picked up 30 points from its bench, while Malcolm Brogdon led all scorers with 23 points.
The Cavaliers are now 5-1 on the season.
GAME BALL: Brogdon is undeniably the MVP of the game on Wednesday. When UVA was struggling to find buckets, Brogdon picked up the slack and scored the first 12 points for the Wahoos. The senior guard finished the game with 23 points, shooting 10-for-15. Brogdon is now at number 31 in UVA's career-scoring list.
THEY SAID IT: "We were a little shot and three-point happy early, and I think we didn’t move the ball side to side, and look inside to at least try and touch the paint," said Virginia Head Coach Tony Bennett after the game. "Malcolm (Brogdon) had a nice pace about himself. You could see that he just was in a rhythm offensively. But I thought our bench gave us life. We got some stops and that’s the nice thing, it’s interchangeable. We can play a lot of different guys and I think that showed. Once we got into their bench, that’s where I thought they were down a little bit."
THE SAID IT: “I think our biggest strength this season besides our defense is our depth," said UVA senior guard Malcolm Brogdon. "I think that we have multiple guards that can step in and play as well as starters and I think that we have bigs in rotation that can really play and really contribute as well.”
“We just tried to get our identity back," added sophomore guard Marial Shayok. "We let one slip at George Washington. We didn’t play our best, especially defensively. We just tried to get playing back to who we are and that started with our defense.”
BY THE NUMBERS: 4- This is UVA's fourth consecutive win, and fourth straight game the 'Hoos scored 80 points or more. 30- UVA picked up 30 points from the bench from a 11-man rotation. 8- UVA out-rebounded Lehigh 37-29. 9- UVA had nine players to record a bucket, four of them ended with double figures.
WHATS NEXT: Virginia will hit the road once again. The Cavs will play Ohio State on Tuesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tip off is set at 7:30 P.M.