CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No. 12 Virginia used a 22-5 run early in the second half to setup a 71-55 victory over short-handed No. 4 Louisville on Monday night.
The Cavaliers (18-5, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 34-32 at halftime, but hit a 3-pointer to get things going after the interval as they turned things around in the second half to take a 40-54 lead with 8:47 left in the game.
The home side went on to increase the advantage to 18 points late in the game, as Louisville failed to get close to their target.
London Perrantes scored 18 points, Isaiah Wilkins added 13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks and Darius Thompson scored 10 points for Virginia, which was rebounding from the defeat to Syracuse at the weekend.
Freshman V.J. King scored a career-high 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting to lead the way for the Cardinals (19-5, 7-4).
Donovan Mitchell added 16 points in the defeat for Louisville, which played without a number of its key players.
Guard Quentin Snider (12.1 ppg) missed out with a hip flexor, while forward Deng Adel, who is scoring 11.1 ppg and center Mangok Mathiang (7.1 PPG and 6.2 RPG) were suspended for missing curfew Saturday.
The travellers were also without reserve guard Tony Hicks, who is out with a broken bone in his hand.
As a team, Virginia shot 53.2 percent on 25-of-47 shooting overall. The Cavaliers shot 59.1 percent in the second half.
Louisville, meanwhile, shot 37.0 percent overall and was just 6-of-24 in the second half for 25.0 percent.
The Virginia Cavaliers head on the road on Sunday to face state rival Virginia Tech.
The Louisville Cardinals are back at home on Saturday where they will play host to the travelling Miami Hurricanes.