- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Not only was No. 11 Virginia’s defense highly effective at disrupting No.16 Louisville, its offense at times couldn’t seem to miss a shot.

Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett couldn’t help but like how both went together again for perhaps their biggest road victory this season.

Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill each scored 13 points and Virginia routed Louisville, 63-47, on Saturday for its fourth consecutive win.

The Cavaliers (17-4, 6-3 ACC) needed no late-game heroics after rallying from 10 points down in the final 1:23 and winning, 72-71, at Wake Forest on Tuesday after Darius Thompson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer.

They were simply thorough defending and shooting the ball, holding the Cardinals to a season-low 33 percent and in points nearly a year after beating them, 52-47, last year in Charlottesville.

The Cavaliers also shot 58 percent from the field.

“We were complete on both ends of the floor,” Bennett said after his team’s second road win this week.

Louisville (17-4, 6-2 ACC) committed 18 turnovers in having its four-game winning streak snapped. Reserves Ray Spalding and Deng Adel each scored 12 points for the Cardinals, who often trailed by 20 points until the final minutes. Leading scorers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis combined for just 10 points.

“Unfortunately, I saw this day coming,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said of his team’s performance. “I’m not too pleased with it, but I saw it was going to happen. Not quite as bad as the way we played tonight but I did see it coming, just by the way we played defense against Virginia Tech.

“We turned the ball over too much, and you can’t do that against a Virginia team.”

Especially not one that played defense just as tough as Louisville and made that area a central theme in the match-up of the ACC’s two stingiest units. All of it belonged to Virginia as it held the Cardinals under 30 percent until late in the game.

A sea of white-clad fans didn’t seem to affect the Cavaliers. Virginia made five of its first nine shots, including two 3-pointers, en route to shooting 57 percent in the first half alone. Brogdon looked especially comfortable, making several soft jumpers set up by good ball movement.

The senior guard kept it up in the second half, answering the Cardinals’ few spurts with another basket that maintained Virginia’s momentum and handed Louisville its worst loss at the KFC Yum! Center.

“We were able to keep them quiet, keep them out of the game,” Brogdon said of the crowd. “That was definitely good for us. I was still nervous this game but I was ready to play.”

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