Anderson carries Virginia past BC

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Freshman Justin Anderson came off the bench to score 14 second-half points and Virginia pulled away to beat Boston College, 65-51, on Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.
Virginia (14-5, 4-2 in the ACC) took control of the game with an 11-0 run early in the second half, keyed by Anderson.
With the score tied, 31-31, Anderson made a driving layup with 15:31 left to give the Cavaliers the lead. Anderson also ended the run with a driving floater on which he was also fouled. His free throw made it 42-31 with 10:34 left.
"That's probably the most I've seen him around the lane, making some plays," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. "He had some nice drives. Again, good screens, good plays. He grew up in today's game. I liked what I saw, of course."
Anderson scored a career-high 16 points, and it was the second game in a row in which he reached double figures after scoring 11 at Virginia Tech on Thursday.
"I think the last couple games, I've been able to drive and kick, and drive and hit teammates for open shots," Anderson said. "I think now maybe that's in the scouting reports, play off (me) as much, and it opens up a little bit to be able to get into the paint."
Akil Mitchell also had 16 points for Virginia, making 6-of-10 shots from the field. The Cavaliers made 77.3 percent of their shots (17-of-22) in the second half on their way to outscoring the Eagles, 41-25, after halftime.
"I think they had the intent on making sure they got the ball inside and make us guard them in there, which was smart because we didn't do a good job," Boston College coach Steve Donahue said.
It was Virginia's third consecutive victory after dropping two straight games and improved the Cavaliers' record to 12-1 in John Paul Jones Arena.
"We talk all the time about the hunger that's needed to compete and then understand how we have to compete, how we have to play," Bennett said. "I think there's been a little smarter, sounder team on the floor with some toughness mixed in."
Boston College (9-10, 1-5) has lost four games in a row, three of those on the road. In the Eagles' previous four ACC losses, they were outscored by a combined total of 14 points.
"I thought we competed well up until this second half," Donahue said. "That's very demoralizing, that we've been playing really well, not winning, but playing well, competing.
"I thought they out-toughed us. As a coach, that's the hardest thing to hear."
Ryan Anderson led Boston College with 14 points, but he only made 5-of-14 shots from the field and committed five first half turnovers.
"I thought in the first half, he had balls in the position where he really converts, and he turned them over or got them blocked," Donahue said. "That was really unusual."
Joe Rahon and Lonnie Jackson each had 10 points for the Eagles.
Boston College shot only 36.2 percent (17-of-47) from the field, including 31.8 percent (7-of-22) from 3-point range. The Eagles made five 3-pointers in the first half but only two in the second.
"They got some good looks in the first half," Bennett said. "I thought we were better in the second half of being there on the catch, a little better on our ball-screen defense and our rotations."
The Cavaliers' recipe for success was different on Saturday than in their previous two victories. Virginia made 17-of-33 shots from 3-point range against Florida State and Virginia Tech. Against Boston College, the Cavaliers were only 2-of-9.
After falling behind early, Boston College led, 26-24, at halftime.
The Cavaliers scored the first eight points of the game and led by as much as 15-6 before the Eagles climbed back into the game thanks to some hot shooting from beyond the arc.
Boston College went on a 12-0 run, hitting four 3-pointers over a span of 3:19 to take an 18-15 lead with 6:18 to play in the first half. Jackson and Danny Rubin each hit two from beyond the arc in the spurt.
Jackson scored nine points to lead Boston College before the break, making 3-of-4 from 3-point range. The Eagles made 5-of-14 from beyond the arc in the first half.
NOTES: This was the 15th meeting between the schools in a series that dates to the 1971-72 season. Virginia leads the series 9-6. ... The Cavaliers once again played without starting forward Darion Atkins, who has missed the last three games because of a right leg injury.

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