The Cavaliers were able to overcome a cold first half to outlast the Hurricanes and end the two game skid. Not only does UVa get a key 66-58 win over the #8 team, but they also ended their own two game losing streak and Miami's 8 game winning streak.
At the half, Virginia fans were scratching their heads wondering if any adjustments had been made after the two game skid. Even though the Hoos were leading 27-23, there were long stretches that had the Cavaliers playing poor defense and missing shots on offense. Case in point: the Hoos had not one, but two shot clock violations within the first 6 minutes of the game.
But the Hoos were able to keep the lead in the first half thanks in large part to their two upperclass big men. Anthony Gill started off hot for UVa with 5 rebounds and 9 points at the half. Mike Tobey added to Gill's play with 10 points and 7 rebounds of his own.
If the first half was the half for the bigs, the second half belonged to the guards. 5th year Malcolm Brogdon only had 6 points at the half, but came on in the second half with jumpers and floaters to run his point total to 20, his 7th game of the season with 20 points or more. Meanwhile, London Perrantes seriously came alive in the back half with 13 2nd half points including going 6-6 from the line to essentially seal the deal for the Hoos.
UVa gets back on the road this weekend where things haven't been fun. On Sunday the Hoos will be in Tallahassee to take on the 10-5, 0-3 Seminoles.