Double Bonus: NC State

Joe Harris draws a lot of attention from opponents and that frees up other players.

Another round of stingy defense and strong ball security led the Virginia men’s basketball team to its fourth straight conference win on Tuesday night. The Cavaliers knocked off No. 19 NC State behind a defensive effort that held yet another ACC opponent to less than 60 points. UVa also committed just 8 turnovers in the 58-55 victory. Let’s look at some of the other key details in the “Double Bonus.”

The Harris Affect

Wahoo junior Joe Harris led all scorers with 22 points as he made 7 of 15 shots and 5 of 6 free throws against the Wolfpack. While he posted only 1 assist, his impact on the offensive end of the floor cannot be overstated in this one, particularly in the second half. Many of the key buckets after intermission had Harris directly involved in the action even when he didn’t score himself.