Second-seeded Virginia had no trouble with Georgia Tech, winning 72-52 in the most lopsided game of the tournament thus far. Malcolm Brogdon did Malcolm Brogdon like things, scoring 26 points on 10-15 shooting.
Georgia Tech kept it close throughout the first half and in fact had the deficit at 2 at halftime, but Virginia’s defense stymied them in the second half, allowing just 24 points. Virginia forced 14 Georgia Tech turnovers, while only turning it over 7 times. The WaHoos shot 54 percent from the floor and held the Yellow Jackets to just 41 percent.
Anthony Gill played a solid game with 12 points and 8 rebounds, while London Perrantes scored 8 and dished out 8 assists.
One of the plays that really got the crowd going tonight was Evan Nolte coming off the bench and scoring the old four point play, nailing a three and getting fouled. The very Virginia heavy, packed Verizon Center, chanted his name. Anthony Gill said, “He is just such a loveable guy and he works so hard. When he does get in he gives it his all. The fans see that”
Marcus Georges-Hunt played one of his worst games of the season, scoring only 7 points on 1-8 shooting. He injured himself early in the second half and went back to the locker room with a tailbone injury. Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said, “They were just a better team.”
Virginia meets the winner of tonight’s nightcap between Miami and Virginia Tech tomorrow night at 9:30pm.