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.
The Cavaliers (14-5, 4-2 in the ACC), claimed their third consecutive victory and improved their record to 12-1 in the John Paul Jones Arena.
Boston College (9-10, 1-5) has lost four games in a row, with three of those on the road. In the Eagles' previous four ACC losses, they were outscored by a combined total of 14 points.
Virginia took control of the game with an 11-0 run early in the second half.
With the score tied 31-31, Anderson made a driving layup with 15:31 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.
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.
Akil Mitchell also had 16 points for Virginia, making 6-of-10 from the field.
Leading scorer Joe Harris had only seven points for the Cavaliers, the third time he has failed to score at least 10 points all season, but he had five rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.
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. 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.
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. Lonnie 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 8-6. ... The Cavaliers once again played without starting forward Darion Atkins, who has missed the last three games because of a right leg injury.