LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anthony Gill and Malcolm Brogdon each scored 13 points and No. 11 Virginia defense stifled the offense of No. 16 Louisville en route to a 63-47 win in a college basketball Atlantic Coast Conference battle on Saturday. Final Game Box Score | Final Stats | Notes | USATSI Gallery
Gill went 6-of-9 from the floor and grabbed six rebounds, while Brogdon went 6-of-13 and added four rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Cavaliers (17-4, 6-3 ACC) to secure their fourth straight victory.
The visitors, who led 29-14 at halftime, shot 57.8 percent as a team on 26-of-45 shooting, while holding Louisville to season lows in shooting (32.7 percent) and points.
‘We were complete on both ends of the floor,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said after the game.
Raymond Spalding led the Cardinals (17-4, 6-2 ACC) with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while adding seven rebounds and two steals in the defeat at KFC Yum! Center.
Deng Adel also finished with 12 points to go with five boards for Louisville, which saw its leading scorers Damion Lee (6pts) and Trey Lewis (4pts) combining for just 10 points on Saturday.
The defeat was the worst loss ever for the Cardinals at the KFC Yum! Center and they committed 18 turnovers , while shooting just 4-of-11 from 3-point range in the disappointing defeat.
”Unfortunately, I saw this day coming,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said about his team’s dismal home performance.
”I’m not too pleased with it, but I saw it was going to happen. Not quite as bad as the way we played tonight but I did see it coming, just by the way we played defense against Virginia Tech.
”We turned the ball over too much and you can’t do that against a Virginia team.”
Both teams return to action next week, with Virginia playing host to Boston College on Wednesday and Louisville entertaining No. 2 North Carolina on Monday.