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No. 14 Virginia scores 25 straight points in 2nd half and embarrasses Notre Dame, 70-49

  • Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton (24) shoots over Virginia guard Joe Harris (12) during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

    Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton (24) shoots over Virginia guard Joe Harris (12) during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)  (The Associated Press)

  • Notre Dame center Garrick Sherman (11) goes after a loose ball with Virginia guard Justin Anderson during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

    Notre Dame center Garrick Sherman (11) goes after a loose ball with Virginia guard Justin Anderson during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)  (The Associated Press)

  • Notre Dame forward Zach Auguste (30) shoots between Virginia defenders during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

    Notre Dame forward Zach Auguste (30) shoots between Virginia defenders during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)  (The Associated Press)

Akil Mitchell and Anthony Gill both scored 15 points and No. 14 Virginia used a 30-5 second-half run to blow open a close game and beat Notre Dame 70-49 on Saturday, the Cavaliers' 11th consecutive victory.

Justin Anderson helped fuel the run by blocking a dunk attempt by Notre Dame's Zach Auguste, bringing a sellout crowd at John Paul Jones Arena to its feet. The victory gave Virginia (23-5, 14-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) 14 conference wins for the first time.

Pat Connaughton led the Fighting Irish (14-14, 5-10) with 11 points, but Notre Dame went nearly 9 minutes in the second half without a point as Virginia turned a 41-38 deficit into a 68-43 lead. The Cavaliers scored 25 consecutive points before Demetrius Jackson's layup broke the spell with 2:32 left.