The UVa men's basketball team is off to its best start in ACC play in 19 years with a 5-1 record after a convincing 76-61 win over North Carolina Monday night at John Paul Jones Arena.
UVA's Joe Harris and Malcolm Brogdon led the 'Hoos with 16 points a-piece, while freshman point guard London Perrantes added a career high 9 assists.
Virginia shot 48 percent from the field. The Cavaliers led by nine points at halftime and took control of the game in the second half after being challenge by head coach Tony Bennett.
UVa guard Malcolm Brogdon said, "Coach Bennett made adjustments at halftime, told us to slow down and play our game and I think we did, we got some stops, didn't let them get second chance points off the boards and we started playing Virginia basketball."
UNC head coach Roy Williams said, "The more efficient team won the game. Tony has just done a really great job, Tony and his staff with that team, gotten everyone to buy-in to a certain role and understanding how he wants them to play and he's done a much better job than I have."
Bennett says, "That second half, they responded. We use that saying when you whip a donkey it kicks, when you whip a thoroughbred it responds. I'm not calling us a thoroughbred or a donkey and I don't even think we got whipped but I challenged them and challenged them to get the game back where you can get it and the fact that they responded to it and played quality possessions, that's what I liked the most."
Virginia's next game is Saturday against Virginia Tech.
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