UVA takes down Tech

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points and No. 2 Virginia assured itself at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship with a 69-57 victory against Virginia Tech on Saturday.

The Cavaliers (27-1, 15-1) started the day with a two-game lead against second-place Duke with three games remaining in the regular season. One more victory will give them back-to-back regular season titles. Their eighth straight victory also matched the 1981-82 squad for the best start in program history.

Adam Smith scored 19 to lead Virginia Tech (10-19, 2-14). The undermanned Hokies lost their fifth straight overall and their seventh straight in the series. Ahmed Hill added 10 points for the Hokies.

By the time the Hokies scored again, Virginia's lead was 60-48 and Virginia Tech never threatened again.

Anthony Gill added 16 points and Perrantes had 11 in his first game since he sustained a broken nose and concussion six days ago. Perrantes wore a protective mask in the first half, but discarded it after halftime.

Darion Atkins, Virginia's lone scholarship senior, was honored before the game and added 16 points. He drew a technical foul for hanging on the rim with 1:07 left after a two-handed dunk, and moments later had a reverse dunk to wild cheers from a sellout crowd before coach Tony Bennett removed him from the game.

With the game well in hand in the final minute, Bennett also inserted senior walk-ons Rob Vozenilek and Maleek Frazier, who also were honored before the game.



Tech: Jalen Hudson, who scored a career-high 23 points in the Hokies' overtime loss to Duke on Wednesday night, played just 14 minutes, took just one shot and did not score.


: The Cavaliers' last two regular season games are both on the road - at Syracuse and Louisville.



Tech hosts Boston College on Monday night.


plays at Syracuse on Monday night.