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Hoos Hammer Wake in ACC Home Opener

Malcolm Brogdon scored 14 points and Virginia started the game with a 22-6 run and never let up in a 74-51 victory against Wake Forest on Wednesday night.

Joe Harris and Justin Anderson added 11 points each for the Cavaliers (11-4, 2-0), who scored a season-high 41 first-half points and by 17 at the break. The Demon Deacons scored the opening basket of the second half, and then the Cavaliers cinched it with an 18-2 run.

Wake Forest, coming off a 73-67 victory against then-No. 19 North Carolina, trailed by as many as 31 in losing its second straight to Virginia after having won seven in a row in the series. The loss also dropped the Demon Deacons to 1-25 on the road in the conference under coach Jeff Bzdelik.

Brogdon scored six points and Akil Mitchell and Anthony Gill four each during the game-opening burst. The Cavaliers forced turnovers on the Demon Deacon's first three possessions and led 6-0 before Wake Forest had even attempted a shot. Virginia led 11-0 when Codi Miller-McIntyre scored for Wake with 15:39 left in the half. Arnaud William Adala Moto then followed a 10-second violation by Virginia with another basket inside, and the Cavaliers then resumed their domination, scoring 11 of the next 13 points.

Wake Forest closed to within 32-22 with 3:16 left in the half, and Virginia closed it with a 9-2 run, getting a 3-pointer from Joe Harris that barely beat the halftime buzzer to take them into halftime ahead 41-24.

After Tyler Cavanaugh's layup to start the scoring after halftime for Wake Forest, Harris sparked the 18-2 run with a layup, and the Demon Deacons turned it over on three consecutive possessions.

The return of Harris was an especially good sign for the Cavaliers. Their All-ACC first team guard from a year ago sustained a concussion after playing just 2 minutes in the Cavalier's victory at Florida State on Saturday. Coach Tony Bennett said he didn't practice Monday and his status was day-to-day.


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