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No. 12 Virginia blows out Miami for its 12th straight victory

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The Miami Hurricanes’ recent success at home failed to travel to Charlottesville Wednesday night as they fell to the No. 12 Virginia Cavaliers 65-40 in the first of a three-game road trip.

Virginia used a 10-0 run in the second half to blow the doors open and took a 43-25 lead on Anthony Gill’s layup with 12:33 remaining during a stretch where Miami failed to score a single point for over four minutes.

It got worse from there for Miami as Virginia later went on a 12-2 run to increase its lead to 26 at 61-35 with 2:31 remaining, its biggest of the night. Virginia made 9-of-16 3-pointers and 16-of-20 free throw attempts for a very efficient night offensively.

The Cavaliers were never threatened in the second half as they cruised to their 12th straight victory. Virginia entered the night ranked first in the country in scoring defense at 55.3 points per game and eighth in field goal percentage at 38.6 percent. Those numbers will only go up after its impressive performance against Miami.

Miami (14-14, 5-10) couldn’t find any offensive rhythm the entire night, shooting just 26.1 percent from the field on 12-of-46 shooting while failing to make a single 3-pointer (0-for-12). Forward Erik Swoope (13) and guard Rion Brown (12) were the only players to score in double figures for the Hurricanes.

Virginia (24-5, 15-1) led for the most of the game and never trailed after guard London Perrantes hit a jumper with 11:42 left in the first half that gave the Cavaliers a 10-8 advantage. The Cavaliers led by as many as nine in the first half and took a 27-20 lead into the locker room thanks to a 3-pointer by Perrantes right before halftime, who finished the night with 15 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting, including four from beyond the arc.

Guards Malcolm Brogdon (15) and Joe Harris also scored in double figures for the Cavaliers.

Miami’s road trip continues Saturday when it travels to Raleigh to face NC State at noon.

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