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Virginia Stays Undefeated, Drops Boston College 66-51

The Cavaliers went into Conte Forum to put their perfect record to the test against first-year coach Jim Christian's Boston College Eagles. After early struggles, they'll return to Charlottesville with yet another double-digit victory.

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Virginia and Boston College face off only once this season, and given the way the first 25 minutes of this game went, that's fine by me. The Cavaliers started slow again, but once again rolled to a double-digit ACC win, dropping the Eagles 66-51 at Conte Forum on the Campus of Boston College.

GAME STATS: Virginia Boston College
Points Per Possession 1.26 .959
Effective FG% 49.0% 45.3%
Offensive Rebound % 44.8% 15.4%
Turnover % 15.3% 16.9%
FTA/FGA 42.9 30.2

The first half was a tight contest - similar to what we saw in the N.C. State, Clemson and Notre Dame games. The score was tied at 22 apiece with 4:11 left in the first half. But the Cavalier defense stiffened and, helped by some misses by the Eagles, held Boston College to just two free throws the rest of the way. The Cavaliers took a 27-24 lead into the half.

The Eagles shot better than Virginia in the first half, edging the Cavaliers 40% to 37%. A not insignificant part of that difference was Justin Anderson, who uncharacteristically went 0-5 from the floor and finished the half with just two points. Boston College also shot the long ball better - 40% to 30% for the Cavaliers.

Boston College jumped out to an early lead in the second half, scoring 5 straight points on a Heckman layup and a Hanlan old-fashioned three-point play sandwiched around a Virginia turnover. They extended that slightly on a three pointer by Heckman a few minutes later to take a 34-31 lead into the under-16 timeout of the second half. The 'Hoos would trail by as much as 5 in the second half before they came storming  back.

The Cavaliers trailed  38-33 with 14:28 remaining in the second half. Boston College didn't score for more than 6 minutes and didn't hit a field goal for more than 7 minutes while Virginia went on a 13-2 run to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Rebounding was a big part of this game. The Cavaliers were +15 in the rebounding department (35-20) and +9 on offensive rebounds alone (13-4). That contributed to the Cavaliers taking 6 more field goals and 8 more free throws than the Eagles.

Justin Anderson finished with only eight points and all of them came from the charity stripe. He was 0-8 from the floor, including several very bad misses early. Malcolm Brogdon was the game's leading scorer with 20 points. Anthony Gill was the only other Cavalier in double figures with 11 points.

For the Eagles, Olivier Hanlan led the way with 18 points, followed by Patrick Heckman, who hit several big shots to tally 15 points.

It wasn't a perfect win by any stretch, but given our recent troubles playing at Conte Forum, a win the northeast is refreshing however it comes.

With the win, Virginia moves to 17-0 overall and 5-0 in the ACC. Boston College falls to 8-8 and 0-4 in the ACC.

The Cavaliers have a lengthy in-week break between games now, as they next take the floor against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Thursday night at 8pm in Charlottesville. The Jackets are 0-4 in the ACC (9-7 overall) before heading to Pitt for their game this afternoon.