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HALFTIME: Virginia 25, Miami 30

Ugly first half yields close game after twenty

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It hasn't been the prettiest twenty minutes of basketball ever played, but Virginia and Miami have played one half of their huge ACC matchup and the Hurricanes lead, 30 to 25.

Malcolm Brogdon led Virginia's scoring with 8, with another 6 coming from Anthony Gill. Jarred Reuter was big off the bench, adding 4 points and a spark of energy for the Cavaliers.

Davon Reed led Miami's scoring with 8 points, while Kamari Murphy led the way in rebounds with 9.

Neither team had a torrid shooting half. The teams shot a combined 35 percent from the floor, but were 38 percent from three. Perrantes was especially cold, as the ACC's leading three-point percentage shooter missed his first three tries from deep.

Of importance to Miami was the return of Ja'Quan Newton. The sixth-man guard suffered a scary bone bruise against North Carolina but was able to check in for Miami and log nine minutes.

The game started with a bizarre stretch of uninterrupted play, as the under-16 timeout came under the 12-minute mark. That was a harbinger of a cleanly played half in which there were only 9 total team fouls.