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Justin Anderson Steps Forward In UVA Win

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The UVA men's basketball team beat Boston College 65-51 Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena, thanks to a career-high 16-points off the bench from Justin Anderson.

The 6-foot-6 freshman hit 7-of-9 shots from the field against the Eagles.

Anderson has scored 35-points over his last three games, while taking on a larger responsibility due to the absence of Darion Atkins.

Fourteen of Anderson's sixteen points came in the second half against BC.

He connected on all six of his shot attempts in the final twenty minutes, and the Cavaliers turned a two-point halftime deficit into a blowout win.

Head coach Tony Bennett says, "This game, Justin, that's probably the most I've seen him around the lane to make some plays. He had some nice drives. Good screens, good plays. He grew up in today's game, I liked what I saw."

"I'm going to always give the credit to my teammates," says Anderson. "They've been helping be out a long the way. They're making those big times shots when I'm passing the ball. They're in my help when I'm playing on-ball defense, and it's all built on trust."

Junior forward Akil Mitchell adds, "He's playing pretty well. As a freshman coming into the ACC, it's a big difference. The competition level steps up. I've just been proud of the way he's evolved."

Virginia returns to action Tuesday, as they host NC State at 7pm.

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