The fifth ranked Virginia men's basketball team made a statement in its conference opner on Saturday. The Cavaliers not only beat Notre Dame 77-66 for their 11th straight win, the 'Hoos did it with their best players not hitting shots early on.
The game was tied four times and the lead changed twice in the first five minutes of the game. But then UVA's Cavalanche came a little earlier than normal. The 'Hoos went on a 21-4 run to go ahea 25-12 with 8:28 to go in the game. With both Malcolm Brogdon and London Perrantes combining for just four points, Anthony Gill and Mike Tobey stepped up in the first half with 14 and eight points respectively. The Cavs were also able to slow down Notre Dame and Mike Brey's offense. Steve Vasturis led the team with nine points at the break with Zach Auguste and Demetrius Jackson combining for five.
The 'Hoos took a 12 point lead into the locker rooms, but did not pull their feet off the gas in the second half. Perrantes and Brogdon hit three triples to start the second half to once again put the 'Hoos in command over the Fighting Irish.
Despite struggling in the first half, Brogdon ended with double figures scoring 20 in the second half and finishing the game with game-high 24 points. Gill and Tobey also finished in double figures with 21 and 15 respectively.
The Cavaliers will now hit the road to face in-state rival Virginia Tech on Monday night. Tip off for that game is set for 9 P.M.