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#10 Virginia slips past Ohio State, 64-58, in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

ACC-Big101Tenth-ranked Virginia wasn’t the offensive juggernaut it had been this season without starting point guard London Perrantes, but the Cavs can always play defense.

Ohio State shot 50 percent from the floor, but UVA forced 13 Buckeyes turnovers and outrebounded their Big 10 opponent in a workmanlike 64-58 road win Tuesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Perrantes was ruled out earlier in the day on Tuesday after it was revealed that he had undergone an emergency appendectomy on Sunday. The junior point guard is having his best season at Virginia, scoring 10.0 points per game on 48.8 percent shooting with 5.3 assists per game.

Without Perrantes in the lineup, UVA (6-1) looked lost in stretches on offense, but senior Malcolm Brogdon stepped up, hitting a career-high six three-pointers en route to scoring 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field, including 6-of-10 shooting from three-point range.

Darius Thompson, starting in place of the injured Perrantes, had 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with a game-high six assists.

Anthony Gill had 10 points, all in the second half, and a team-high eight rebounds.

Virginia led Ohio State (2-4) by two, 26-24, at the half, after leading by as many as nine in the first half.

The Buckeyes made six of their first eight from the field to open the second half to lead 42-40 with 13:20 to go on a basket and free throw by Marc Loving, who had 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting for the game.

A Devon Hall jumper 25 seconds later tied the game, and a fast-break layup by Thompson gave Virginia a 44-42 lead at the 12:12 mark.

UVA would never trail again, but the game would stay tight into the final minute.

 

Virginia Team Notes

  • Virginia (6-1) improved to 10-6 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge
  • The Cavaliers posted their fourth consecutive road win in the Challenge
  • UVA improved to 2-3 all-time vs. Ohio State
  • UVA had a season-low 26 points at halftime

 

Virginia Player Notes

  • London Perrantes missed the game after having an appendectomy on Sunday (Nov. 29). Perrantes’ status for Saturday’s game vs. William & Mary is to be determined.
  • Malcolm Brogdon (22 points) moved up three slots into 28th place on the all-time UVA scoring ledger with 1,256 points; he passed Billy Langloh (1974-77, 1,240 points), Tom Sheehey (1984-87, 1,241 points) and Marc Iavaroni (1975-78, 1,244 points).
  • Brogdon had a career-high six 3-pointers and his third straight 20-point game
  • Darius Thompson started in place of Perrantes and matched a season high with 12 points and UVA-best six assists
  • Thompson has scored in double figures in three games this season
  • Anthony Gill reached doubles figures for the seventh straight game

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