Virginia’s Defense Triumphs vs. Florida State Despite Joe Harris' Injury

By Daniel Karpuc
London Perrantes
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Cavaliers guard Joe Harris left the game during the second minute, as an apparent head injury and possible concussion sidelined him for the remainder of the game. This did not stop Virginia  from delivering a gritty defensive performance, holding the Florida State Seminoles to just 17 first-half points and 50 points overall. In the game, the Seminoles turned the ball over 16 times and shot 16 for 52, or 30.8 percent, including 4 for 14 or 28.3 percent from three-point range. Seminoles fans better hope the same thing doesn’t happen to their football team. With the win, the Cavaliers improve to 10-4 overall and 1-0 in the ACC and the Seminoles fall to 9-4 and 0-1 in the ACC.

Florida State had just one player in double-figures, so I’ll give him some love. Okaro White, a pro prospect, scored 15 points and had seven rebounds in the loss. That was the only bright spot for the Seminoles in this one.

Virginia had four players in double-figures, including 16 off the bench from Justin Anderson, 14 from London Perrantes, 11 and 13 rebounds from Akil Mitchell, and 11 from Malcom Brogdon. Harris, who averaged 16.3 points per game last season, has been struggling this season, scoring 11.1 as a senior, but is a source of offense on a team that desperately needs help in that area. Let’s hope he can return to the floor soon.

Coming off of a game where they got blown out 87-52 to Tennessee, this was an important bounce-back performance, and the Cavaliers can keep their hopes alive to reach the NCAA Tournament. They face Wake Forest on Wednesday. Tip off is at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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