Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Malcolm Brogdon registered 20 points to help No. 8 Virginia to a 64-56 win over La Salle in the Barclays Center Classic.
Anthony Gill scored 16 points with 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers (6-0), who will face Rutgers in the final on Saturday.
Jordan Price went for 20 points for the Explorers (4-1).
La Salle will play Vanderbilt in the consolation game.
Virginia used its patented defense to methodically take an 18-point lead at halftime, but the Explorers locked down in the second half and worked their way back.
Price made it a game in the latter stages of the second when he scored 10 straight points to cut the deficit to 49-41. However, Brogdon and Darion Atkins each converted a basket over Virginia's next two possessions, pushing the lead back to double digits.
Cleon Roberts split a pair of free throws with over two minutes remaining to trim the deficit to seven, then La Salle elected to foul early. It seemed to work because Gill and Brogdon each split a pair at the line and Jerrell Wright answered with a layup and two free throws, respectively, to make it a 58-53 game.
Price forced a turnover at the other end, was fouled, but made just 1-of-2 at the line. The Cavs then scored six straight points from there to put the game away.
If the first half was any indication, it looked as if Virginia was going to have no problem. Wright, La Salle's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer entering the game, recorded two quick fouls just over three minutes into the game and had to take a seat.
The Cavs forced four turnovers on La Salle's first five possessions and slowly built an 8-0 advantage before Khalid Lewis' layup got the Explorers on the board with 13:24 left in the opening half.
Lewis missed the ensuing free throw after Marial Shayok's foul on the drive, then London Perrantes answered at the other end with a 3-pointer. Virginia led 25-10 with over six minutes to play following Justin Anderson's steal and dunk.
Wright's half was ended when he picked up a third foul moments later and the Cavs closed the half on an 8-2 run for a 37-19 lead.
Wright finished with six points and two rebounds ... Virginia shot 22-for-46 (47.8 percent) from the floor, while La Salle went 18-for-45 (40 percent) ... The Cavs had a 35-23 edge on the glass.