WASHINGTON (AP) – With its typical stingy defense, plus 26 points from conference player of the year Malcolm Brogdon, No. 4 Virginia moved into the ACC Tournament semifinals by beating Georgia Tech 72-52 on Thursday night.
Right from the get-go, the Cavaliers (25-6) – to the delight of a partisan crowd – made things tough for Georgia Tech (19-14), which started 0 for 4 on field-goal tries, settling for off-balance heaves late in the shot clock. By the end, the Yellow Jackets had 14 turnovers and a shooting percentage of 41 percent.
Still, Georgia Tech did briefly right itself, making six consecutive attempts to go ahead 16-11. That’s when Brogdon started to assert himself, scoring eight points in a row during a mini-run that put his team ahead 28-22 and made the arena sound like a Virginia home game. There was plenty of roaring – and plenty of Cavaliers orange in the stands.
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