Malcolm Brogdon waited a long time for last night.
The sophomore point guard made his return to No. 24 Virginia and helped lead the Cavaliers to a 61-41 win over James Madison on opening night.
Brogdon was forced to take a medical redshirt and watch from the bench last year after suffering a foot injury his freshman season.
He returned last night and drew the start at point guard for Tony Bennett, playing 26 minutes, the most of any Cavalier.
"It felt really good," Brogdon said. "I was just excited to be out there, my adrenaline was pumping in the first and second half. It's still pumping now. I'm just excited to be back. I'm in this season, I'm healthy, I couldn't ask for anything more."
Brogdon scored nine points, all from beyond the arc. He also pulled down six rebounds and only turned the ball over twice in his 26 minutes.
"All things considered it was good to have him out there," Bennett said. "He's such a strong player and he knows what's going on. I expected a little bit of rust but the way he got us off to that start was great."