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NCAA Game Summary - Syracuse at Virginia



(Saturday, March 1st)

Final Score: (12) Virginia 75, (4) Syracuse 56

Charlottesville, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Virginia unexpectedly wrapped up the ACC regular season title Saturday with a thorough 75-56 victory over No. 4 Syracuse.

The 12th-ranked Cavaliers won the crown outright for just the second time in the program's history by somewhat quietly reeling off 13 consecutive victories following a close loss at Duke on Jan. 13.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points, Akil Mitchell chipped in with 12 and Mike Tobey and Justin Anderson each had 11 for Virginia (25-5, 16-1 ACC), which outscored the Orange 33-14 over the final 11 minutes.

"I was super excited," Brogdon said of the waning moments of the game. "You can do nothing but smile at that point. When you beat a team like Syracuse and you're having success like we're having, it's surreal."

Syracuse (26-3, 13-3), losers in three of its last four games following a 25-0 start, received 13 points apiece from Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair and 12 from Trevor Cooney.

Jerami Grant, the Orange's leading rebounder and third leading scorer, sat out the entire second half for the second straight game due to a back injury.

The Orange barely survived Grant's absence at Maryland on Monday, and the Cavaliers proved a far superior test.

"They have been the best team in the league so far this year. They proved that today," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.

Ennis picked up his fourth foul during a 7-0 Cavs flurry that London Perrantes capped with a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 49-42 Virginia lead with 8:48 to play.

Rakeem Christmas scored inside to stop the run, but that was the only basket the Orange mustered over a nearly 11-minute span.

Senior Joe Harris, playing his final game at John Paul Jones Arena, drained another of Virginia's eight 3-pointers to highlight a 13-3 run that essentially put the game away.

The Cavs, winners of 18 straight league games at home, celebrated the signature win and their first outright ACC title since 1980-81 with the student section at midcourt.

Virginia owned the largest lead in the first half at 22-15 following a Tobey putback.

Syracuse answered with 13 of the next 15 points behind 3-pointers from Ennis, Cooney and Michael Gbinije, and went into the break holding a slim 28-27 lead.

A flash of exchanging blows kept it close early in the second half. Virginia hit 3-pointers on three consecutive trips at one point, only to be countered by a successful Syracuse bucket at the other end.

It was 42-42 before Virginia took control.

Game Notes

Virginia has six all-time ACC regular season titles ... This is the Cavs' first 25-win campaign since 1994-95 ... Virginia, which wraps up its regular season slate on the road against Maryland on Mar. 9, finished 15-2 at home ... Syracuse closes out the regular season with a home game against Georgia Tech and a road test at Florida State next week ... Syracuse came in seventh in the nation in scoring defense (58.5 ppg.)

03/01 20:42:04 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ECU 56
TEMPL 70
 
2nd
NCCU 52
NCAT 43
 
Final
DET 4
ATL 6
 
Final
TAM 2
BAL 3
 
Final
PIT 1
NYY 2
 
Final
HOU 6
PHI 3
 
Final
MIA 1
STL 4
 
Final
SFG 8
CHC 6
 
Final
CIN 3
CLE 9
 
Final
CWS 1
LOS 6
 
Final
ANA 3
MIL 2
 
Final
CHC 2
OAK 2
 
Final
SEA 9
SDP 4
 
Final
KAN 5
TEX 4
 
Final
ARI 4
COL 3
 
Final
WAS 5
NYM 4
 
6th
MIN 8
BOS 8
 
8th
BAL 5
TOR 0
 
Half
CHI 48
OKC 50
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
DAL
Final
MDES 89
MRGST 76
 
Final
SIENA 71
NIAG 54
Final
LEH 62
AMER 68
 
Final
SCAR 74
ARK 78
 
Final
LAF 89
BU 64
 
Final
PETE 63
FAIR 33
 
1st OT
BUCK 84
HC 77
 
Final
UNF 71
LIP 57
 
Final
TENNM 65
MORE 76
 
Final
COL 72
NAVY 62
 
Final
ECU 56
TEMPL 70
 
Final
FATL 62
UAB 59
 
Final
FLGC 62
USCU 63
 
1st OT
CHAR 84
WKENT 86
 
Final
MINN 63
WISC 76
Final
MIZST 48
SILL 55
 
2nd
COPST 73
DELST 83
 
Final
FIU 59
MTST 54
 
2nd
HAMP 53
NORST 63
 
2nd
NCCU 52
NCAT 43
 
2nd
COOK 55
SCST 44
 
2nd
APP 59
TXST 56
 
2nd
GSOUT 68
TXARL 58
 
Half
LAMON 29
UGST 26
 
2nd
ODU 46
MARS 36
 
2nd
TXSA 56
RICE 59
 
Half
FAM 23
SAV 28
 
2nd
LATU 47
SMISS 33
 
1st
JST 25
ALAAM 11
 
1st
GRAM 4
ALAST 14
 
1st
TXSOU 27
ALCOR 17
 
Half
NICST 40
CARK 24
 
Half
TAMCC 46
HOUB 29
 
Half
NARZ 22
PORST 23
 
1st
LAM 10
SHSU 9
 
Half
ARKST 33
SALA 47
 
1st
PVU 11
SOUTH 9
 
1st
LALAF 26
ARKLR 20
 
1st
NO 19
SELA 15
 
9:00pm Tonight
INCWORD
ABCHRIST
 
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MVSU 0
ARKPB 0
 
1st
ARZ 14
CAL 12
 
1st
WASH 6
COL 17
 
1st
WEBER 15
IDAHO 11
 
1st
UCONN 9
MEM 19
 
1st
UTEP 16
UNT 13
 
1st
STEPH 11
NWST 6
 
1st
SUTAH 7
SACST 15
 
1st
DAVID 14
VCU 2
 
1st
IDST 17
EWASH 22
 
1st
QUIN 6
MAR 3
 
1st
BEL 5
EILL 0
 
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DRAK
BRAD
10:00pm Tonight
LBSU
CSNO
 
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UCI
CSFU
 
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UCD
UCR
 
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ARST
STAN
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WASU
UTAH
3rd
BOS 3
CAL 3
 
3rd
WAS 1
MIN 1
 
3rd
PHI 2
STL 1
 
2nd Intermission
FLA 3
DAL 2
 
2nd Intermission
TAM 2
TOR 1
 
2nd
NAS 1
NYI 2
 
1st
ARI 0
VAN 0
 
10:30pm Tonight
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