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January 28, 2014
Cavaliers send chill through ND
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The plows were out in northern Indiana amidst another frigid, snow-filled week.
Virginia did a little plowing of its own inside Purcell Pavilion Tuesday night.
The Cavaliers (16-5, 7-1) burst to a 20-point first-half lead, absorbed a 9-0 Irish run at the end of the first half, and then resumed the pummeling in the second half en route to a 68-53 victory over Notre Dame (11-10, 2-6).
The victory was Virginia’s seventh in its last eight games while Notre Dame fell for the sixth time in its last seven contests. Virginia came into the game with an average margin of victory in its six ACC wins of 18.8 points per game with their only conference loss a four-point setback at Duke. The loss was Notre Dame’s first by double digits in conference play.
Virginia repeatedly thwarted Notre Dame on the Irish offensive end, limiting them to 15 points through the first 16:12 points in the first half. The Cavaliers forced the Irish into 13 first-half turnovers, eight of which came before the second TV timeout of the game.
The Irish committed seven more turnovers in the second half to finish with a season-high 20.
The first 17 minutes of the first half and most of the second half were reminiscent of the last time the Irish played against a Tony Bennett-coached team - in the 2008 NCAA tournament - when his Washington State squad defeated the Irish, 61-41.
Notre Dame didn’t score twice in row until the 2:21 mark of the first half when a 9-0 run helped cut the deficit to 10 - 34-24 - at the intermission. Freshman Demetrius Jackson led the spurt to end the first half with a three-pointer and a driving score bracketed around field goals by Tom Knight and Pat Connaughton.
But Virginia scored the first nine points of the second half and put the Irish back in the hole they dug for themselves in the first half. The lead reached 24 in the second half before the Cavaliers settled for the 15-point victory.
Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon led all scorers with 16 points. Jackson and Zach Auguste each had 10 points for the Irish.
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