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Malcolm Brogdon Leads UVA to ACC Championship

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Malcolm Brogdon scored 24 points in Virginia’s 73-68 win over Miami. The WaHoos lead wire to wire as they got out to an early 10-2 lead after sinking a couple of three balls. 

Brogdon didn’t have the usual shooting night that Virginia fans are used to, finishing 6-15, but he used his toughness to get to the line 11 times, knocking down 10 of those.

In fact fouls were a huge factor in the game for both teams. Virginia’s Anthony Gill and Miami’s Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan all had early foul trouble.

Miami coach Jim Larranaga was furious with his team’s fouling in the second half. Virginia only attempted 2 free throws in the first half, but 23 in the second. Larranaga said, “I said it yesterday, we’re top 20 in the country in not fouling. Yesterday and today, I don’t know, maybe it will be called this way in the NCAA tournament too, we’ll have to put in a new defense to figure out how to guard people like we’ve been for 30 games.”

Virginia orange packed Verizon Center for the second straight night to see the Hoos shoot 52 percent from the floor and force 16 Miami turnovers. The Hurricanes actually out shot the Cavaliers, scoring at 55 percent. But they struggled to get their stars going. Angel Rodriguez picked up 2 quick fouls for the second straight night and didn’t attempt a shot in the first half.

Miami got a great game out of Ja’Quan Newton off the bench. He scored a team-high 19 points on 5-7 shooting and 9-11 from the line. McClellan contributed 15 before fouling out late.

The Wahoos got a big game off the bench from Marial Shayok, who scored 10 points on 4-5 field goals.

Virginia gets North Carolina at 9pm tonight for the ACC title, the winner most likely will get a 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Cavaliers won the only meeting this season 79-74 at home.

Scott Zolotorow