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Cavaliers shell Terrapins, 76-65

Brogdon led Virginia with 18 points as men's basketball downs Maryland in ACC-Big Ten Challenge

The No. 7 Virginia men’s basketball kept its perfect record Wednesday night, dispatching the No. 21 Maryland Terrapins by a final score of 76-65. The win marks the Cavaliers’ first victory against a ranked opponent in their 2014-15 campaign.

The ACC-Big Ten challenge is an annual event, and this year the Cavaliers (8-0) were pitted against former-ACC foe Maryland (7-1). After a slow offensive start, the Cavaliers were able to hit the first bucket and never gave up the lead. Thanks to a dominant 11 point first half performance by junior guard Justin Anderson, Virginia took a 37-29 lead into halftime.

Anderson continued his strong play into the second half, as his two made free throws early in the second half sparked a 10-5 run for the Cavaliers to stretch Virginia’s lead to 13. The Terrapins would never draw any closer than 10 points following this run.

Despite Anderson’s strong play in key moments, the real player of the game was junior guard Malcolm Brogdon, who led the Cavaliers in scoring with 18. Brogdon was also a key component in Virginia’s suffocating defense — currently ranked No. 1 in the nation — which held the Terrapins 13 points below its season average. Virginia also benefitted from a 34-22 rebounding advantage, with Anderson and junior forward Anthony Gill each grabbing six boards.

The Cavaliers are back in action Saturday when they travel to VCU. Last season, the Rams bested Virginia in Charlottesville 59-56 after then-junior guard Treveon Graham hit a three-pointer with 1.1 seconds to play. Tip-off for this game is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Richmond.