#2 UVA tops Virginia Tech, 69-57, claims share of ACC title

Clash_smallSecond-ranked UVA broke open a close game with a late 12-0 run to defeat Virginia Tech, 69-57, and claim a share of the Cavs’ second straight ACC regular-season title.

Virginia (27-1, 15-1 ACC) also matched its best start in school history through 28 games, a mark that had dated back to the 1981-1982 season.

The Hokies (10-19, 2-14 ACC) kept it close for a while, trailing 28-24 at the half and then closing to 50-46 after cutting into a 13-point second-half deficit with a 13-4 run over a 5:41 stretch.

A Malcolm Brogdon three-pointer with 7:00 to go pushed the lead back to seven, and ignited the 12-0 Cavalanche over the next 3:32 that put the game away.



Team Notes

  • Virginia tied its best start in school history at 27-1 (1981-82).
  • Virginia clinched at least a share of its second consecutive ACC regular season title.
  • UVa has a seven-game winning streak against the Hokies.
  • UVa has an eight-game winning streak.
  • Virginia has 15 or more home wins in three consecutive seasons for the first time in school history.
  • Virginia has 80 wins during a three-year span, its most since winning 80 games from 1982-84.


Player Notes

  • Seniors Darion Atkins, Rob Vozenilek and Maleek Frazier, and managers Aaron Paul, Marcus Conrad and Reid Moseley were honored before the game.
  • London Perrantes returned to the lineup after missing the Wake Forest (Feb. 25) game with a broken nose and mild concussion
  • Perrantes (11 points) scored in double figures for the fifth time this season (10th career)
  • Anthony Gill (16 points) scored in double figures for the fifth consecutive game and the 18th time this season (34th career)
  • Malcolm Brogdon (19 points) scored in double figures for the 22nd time this season (56th career)
  • Atkins (16 points) scored in double figures for the fifth time this season (11th career)


Player Career Highs

  • Atkins matched a career high with three assists


Career Record Book

  • Brogdon (1,041 pts) moved into 42nd place on Virginia’s career scoring list, passing Scott McCandlish (1,026 pts, 1970-72)

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