Winning ugly: #8 UVA strangles Rutgers in Brooklyn, 45-26

uva basketballEighth-ranked UVA shot just 32.7 percent from the floor, but the Cavs did more than enough on defense to power past Rutgers, 45-26, to win the Barclays Center Classic Saturday night in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Virginia (7-0) led 11-3 seven minutes in, but could only muster three field goals in the final 12:35 of the first half and trailed at the break, 18-17.  Then it was Rutgers’ turn to go a long stretch without much offense, that stretch being the entirety of the second half.

As punchless as UVA was on its end, Rutgers had little in its tank a night after upsetting Vanderbilt to reach the Barclays final, as the Scarlet Knights (3-3) scored just eight points on 4-of-26 shooting in the final 20 minutes.

Anthony Gill and Justin Anderson each had 13 points for Virginia, which shot 18-of-55 from the floor and made just two of its 16 three-point attempts.

Rutgers was led by Kadeem Jack’s eight points. The Knights missed all 13 of their attempts from long range.

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Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.
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