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Brogdon scores 19 and No. 12 Virginia beats No. 4 Syracuse 75-56 to take 1st in ACC

  • Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas (25) watches his dunk during the first half of an NCAA College basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, March 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas (25) watches his dunk during the first half of an NCAA College basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, March 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

  • Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim watches his team during the first half of an NCAA College basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, March 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim watches his team during the first half of an NCAA College basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, March 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

  • Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon (15) and Syracuse forward C.J. Fair (5) fight for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA College basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, March 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon (15) and Syracuse forward C.J. Fair (5) fight for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA College basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, March 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

Malcolm Brogdon scored eight of his 19 points during a decisive second-half run and No. 12 Virginia clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament by beating No. 4 Syracuse 75-56 on Saturday.

Akil Mitchell added 12 points and nine rebounds and Mike Tobey and Justin Anderson scored 11 each for the Cavaliers (25-5, 16-1 ACC), who won their only outright ACC regular season title 33 years ago — 1980-81 — when Ralph Sampson was a sophomore. The victory was their 13th in a row and the final buzzer brought hundreds streaming onto the court.

Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair scored 13 each for the Orange (26-3, 13-3), who lost for the third time in four games. Syracuse played much of the game without ailing Jerami Grant because of a sore back.