Friday morning: Here’s Doug’s story on last night’s game. Working on a UVa column now for tomorrow’s paper that I think will be posted online by this afternoon.
Also, here’s the latest a Hokies Press Press podcast with Andy, Berman and me (we introduce some basketball talk for the first time as well as the usual football chatter).
Well, they tried.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” the John Paul Jones PA announcer said with 22 seconds to go, “for safety reasons, do not approach the floor at any time.”
Good luck with that.
UVa students did rush the floor tonight after Virginia scored a 73-68 victory over No. 3 Duke. Joe Harris led the way with 36 points — tops in the ACC this season — to beat the team he grew up rooting for.
“I know how to spell Krzyzewski and everything,” Harris said.
Akil Mitchell had 19 points and 12 rebounds while going an uncharacteristically excellent 9-for-10 at the free throw line. Mitchell was also instrumental on UVa’s defense against Mason Plumlee, who attempted only five shots and finished with 10 points and seven rebounds in 40 minutes.
Plenty more on this one to come.
Halftime here at John Paul Jones Arena, where the Cavaliers lead the Blue Devils 28-23. Near-perfect start for UVa, which built a 9-0 lead. Duke didn’t get on the board until Rasheed Sulaimon hit a driving layup with 15:20 left in the half.
Joe Harris continues to be Joe Harris. He’s got 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Akil Mitchell has eight rebounds and is working hard to pump up the sellout crowd between plays.
Impressed with the first half play of point guard Jontel Evans. His steal and layup after Duke had cut the deficit to one got the crowd back on its feet.
Not much yet from Mason Plumlee, who has four points and four rebounds after playing all 20 minutes. Duke can swallow up deficits in a hurry, though; the Devils are the top 3-point shooting team in the ACC and have three starters averaging better than 40 percent from long range.
No Internet on press row (at least for me right now), so next update will be after the game. Enjoy the second half; should be a good one.