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ACC-leading Cavs down Irish with big second half
Charlottesville, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Akil Mitchell scored 15 points on 7- of-7 shooting and No. 14 Virginia used a huge second-half run to beat Notre Dame, 70-49.
Anthony Gill also finished with 15 points, while Malcolm Brogdon chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Cavaliers (23-5, 14-1 ACC), who remain atop the Atlantic Coast Conference after their 11th straight victory.
Pat Connaughton was the only player in double figures for the Fighting Irish (14-14, 5-10) with 11 points. Notre Dame has lost two straight following a two-game winning streak.
The Irish's Garrick Sherman's jumper with just under 11 1/2 minutes left in the second half tied the game at 43-43, but Virginia's Joe Harris followed with a 3-pointer that ignited a 25-0 surge that put the game away. Brogdon scored eight points during the jaunt and capped it with a triple with three minutes remaining.
Notre Dame went 0-for-10 from the field during the run before Demetrius Jackson ended the drought with a layup with 2 1/2 minutes to play.
Notre Dame led 7-5 early in the first half when Mitchell scored six points during a 14-0 run to give the Cavs a double-digit advantage.
The Irish ended the first half on a 15-4 run that knotted the game at 30-30 at the break. Connaughton, Jackson, and V.J. Beachem all nailed 3-pointers during the burst and Eric Atkins closed the scoring in the half with a layup to tie the game.
Neither team had a lead larger than four before Virginia clamped down on defense and ultimately ended the game with the lengthy run.
Notre Dame finished 21-of-54 (38.9 percent) from the field ... Virginia made 28-of-44 (63.6 percent) attempts from the field ... There were nine ties and four lead changes ... The Cavs outscored the Irish, 36-24, in the paint.
02/22 17:11:39 ET
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