From Staff and wire reports
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Locked in a tie game early in the second half, Boston College went scoreless for a five-minute stretch, enabling Virginia to pull away and take a 65-51 victory Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest.
The Eagles (9-10, 1-5) have lost four in a row, averaging just 55 points in those games. Virginia (14-5, 4-2) has the second-ranked scoring defense in the nation at 51.1 points per game, holding all six ACC opponents to fewer than 60.
The Cavaliers allowed five 3-pointers in the first half Saturday but only two more afterward. BC shot 36 percent from the field in each half, while Virginia connected on 17 of 22 field goal attempts after the break after shooting 38 percent in the first half.
‘‘Virginia is as good as anybody in the country making you play for 30 seconds, 35 seconds, and you’ve got to stay poised offensively and share the ball,’’ Eagles coach Steve Donahue said. ‘‘We just got out of synch on offense.’’
Ryan Anderson led BC with 14 points, but on 5-of-14 shooting, and Joe Rahon and Olivier Hanlon added 10 apiece.
‘‘Overall, it was mostly about their defense,’’ Anderson said. ‘‘They were taking away a lot of things that we like to do offensively. They were tougher than us.’’
BC held a 26-24 lead at halftime, and Anderson’s 3-pointer knotted the game at 31 with 15:33 remaining. But while the Eagles went cold, Virginia went on an 11-0 run, capped by Justin Anderson’s 3-point play that gave the Cavaliers a 42-31 lead.
Rahon temporarily slowed the Cavaliers’ momentum with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, but Mike Tobey hit a baby hook on the baseline and Joe Harris followed an Eagles free throw with a 3-pointer. BC could do no better than trade baskets with Virginia the rest of the way.
Virginia led, 15-9, before the Eagles hit four consecutive 3-pointers in a 12-0 run. Danny Rubin and Lonnie Jackson hit two apiece, and Jackson later added a third 1:13 before halftime to give BC a 2-point lead at the break.
Justin Anderson, one of four freshmen playing key roles for Virginia, finished with a career-high 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
‘‘That’s probably the most I’ve seen him around the lane, making some plays and some nice drives,’’ Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett said. ‘‘He grew up in today’s game. I like what I saw.’’