- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Malcolm Brogdon doesn’t know what the ceiling is for No. 2 Virginia, but he knows the Cavaliers aren’t there yet.

They were close to perfect after halftime Tuesday night, earning a 65-42 victory over Clemson on the heels of a commanding 29-6 run to start the second half. It was their record 20th consecutive home victory at John Paul Jones Arena.

“I think we have so much to improve on,” said Brogdon, who scored 16 points. “I don’t think we’ve peaked yet, but I think we have a lot to improve on and we have to keep staying humble and hungry.”

The run to start the second half put the game away, but the seeds for it came late in the first half. The Tigers were within two points before Justin Anderson made consecutive 3-pointers to push Virginia’s lead to 25-19 at the break.

“We were laboring a little bit and that certainly was huge,” coach Tony Bennett said of the baskets, one of which came from about 24 feet with a defender in Anderson’s face. “It looked like it was going to be a possession by possession game.”

Instead, the Cavaliers started the second half with a 9-0 run, then tacked on 16 points a short time later.

“That made a huge difference,” Tigers coach Brad Brownell said of Anderson’s late 3-pointers. “Sometimes the game is as simple as that. It’s a guy or two making a shot, or a tough shot, or a deep three. Gets the crowd going.”

Anderson added 15 points for Virginia (16-0, 4-0 ACC). The victory, with three-time national player of the year Ralph Sampson in attendance, gave Virginia it first 4-0 start in conference play since the 1994-95 season.

Jaron Blossomgame scored nine points to lead the Tigers (9-7, 1-3 ACC). Clemson, which had a scoring drought of 6:50 in the first half, didn’t score for the first five minutes of the second half as Virginia expanded its lead to 34-19.

“Just add us to the list of all the other teams that can’t score against them,” Brownell said.

With the score at 40-25, a three-point play by Darion Atkins and a 3-pointer by Brogdon started the 16-0 burst to finish the run, making it 54-25, and coach Tony Bennett began substituting liberally.

Virginia leads the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 51.1 points per game.

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