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#14 Virginia Finishes Strong Against Notre Dame; Wins 70-49

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Justin Anderson brought the crowd to its feet with his block Justin Anderson brought the crowd to its feet with his block

The 14th ranked UVa men's basketball team broke open a close game by scoring 32 of the game's final 40 points to beat Notre Dame 70-49 for its 11th straight win.

Akil Mitchell and Anthony Gill led Virginia with 15 points each.  

The game was tied at 30 at halftime, and was knotted at 43 with 11:25 remaining, but Virginia went on a 25-0 run en route to a blowout victory.

Justin Anderson helped lead the big run by blocking a dunk attempt by Notre Dame's Zach Aguste, which led to a Virginia fast-break basket by Gill, and brought a sellout crowd at JPJA to its feet.

Anderson says, "We always say we want to get a 20 piece McNugget, and that's open up the lead, and see if we can break it out to 20.  That's our mindset.  We want to play hard defense.  We want to move the ball a lot on offense and try to get good shots to try to open up the game in the 2nd half, because we know we're conditioned enough, and we can outlast every team. That's what we try to do."

Head coach Tony Bennett says, "It's a humble approach that they're taking to it.  How they share the ball, and they're not worried about numbers.  To me, that's a beautiful thing.  That's why you coach.  To have a group come together like this, and to play defensively, offensively in stretches like this."

Virginia now has a record of 23-5 and 14-1 in the ACC.  

The 14 ACC wins sets a school record.  

"That means a lot," says Malcolm Brogdon.  "We try not to worry about records or anything like that, but that's a huge milestone and accomplishment for us.  I think it says a lot to coach Bennett, in terms of what he's done with this program, and what he's doing right now."

Bennett says, "To be in this spot, is great, absolutely, and when that brass ring is coming around, you grab it, and that's what we're trying to do."

The 'Hoos have three regular season games left, starting with Wednesday's home game against Miami.

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