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Virginia Cavaliers Basketball: Wahoos rally, top Davidson 83-72

Tony Bennett's team survived a stern test Tuesday night. Will it help them when ACC play begins?

Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia basketball team got all it could handle from Davidson in an 83-72 victory Tuesday night at the John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers fell behind by as many as 12 points in the first half before rallying behind  25 points and 13 rebounds from junior forward Anthony Gill. Senior forward Darion Atkins added 13 points and 10 rebounds off the bench as Virginia completed its out-of-conference schedule with a 12-0 record.

Sporting the nation's highest-scoring offense, Davidson stormed to an early lead behind guards Jack Gibbs and Tyler Kalinoski. The duo scored 28 of Davidson's first 34 points, helping push the Wildcats to a 12-point advantage with 5:22 left in the first half. Gibbs and Kalinoski shot a combined 14-for-23 from the field on the night, including a 7-for-11 effort from three-point range.

Virginia cut the Wildcat lead to 4 by halftime after a series of free throws from Malcolm Brogdon and Evan Nolte. In the second half, the Cavaliers launched a dedicated inside scoring attack, regularly feeding the ball to Gill and Atkins. The duo dominated Davidson's undersized front line and eventually proved to be the difference in the game. Gill's 25 points were a team high for the season and a new career high personally.

With the win, Virginia completed its out-of-conference schedule undefeated for the first time since the 2000-2001 season. The Cavaliers open ACC play at Miami on Saturday evening. The game tips off at 5:30 on ESPN2.