No. 13 Virginia beat No. 8 Miami, 66-58, in a tightly contested ACC matchup on Tuesday, as the Cavaliers outscored the Hurricanes by four points in each half to improve to 13-3 on the season.
“It was a tough game, but we came out on top,” Virginia guard London Perrantes said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “They were very good. They had some good guards and some good inside presence as well. We’ve known that they were good. They played us really well last year and we knew they were playing really well the year. They were really hot coming in. We knew it was going to be a tough game and we just needed to play some good defense and grind out a win. And that’s what we did.”
Virginia outshot Miami from the field, 51.1 percent to 42.0 percent, and at the foul line, going 16-of-21 (76.2 percent) versus 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) for Miami.
“I think it wore off on them,” Perrantes said. “We played really hard defensively, really hard offensively. We played really hard on the glass as well. So I feel like they got a little gassed toward the end and I think that helped us.”
Perrantes, who finished with 13 points, and Malcolm Brogdon, who scored a game-high 20, were a combined 11-of-11 from the line.
“We work on those a lot,” Perrantes said. “It’s good to see them go through.”
Virginia entered the night having lost back-to-back games after winning 11 straight. Even worse, those two losses came on the road against ACC rivals Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech by a combined six points.
“We wanted to get a win,” Perrantes said. “Especially coming after two losses, we want to do everything we can. We have a couple days off until our next game and we knew what we had to do. Regardless of how many minutes we had to play, we just wanted to get a win.”
Virginia plays at Florida State (10-5) this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
“We definitely wanted to get back on track,” Perrantes said. “I feel like this was a good start for us.”