Cavaliers Turn Up Defense in Key Win Over N.C. State

Joe Harris scored 22 points and Akil Mitchell added 14 points and 12 rebounds as Virginia stepped up its defense at key points in the second half of a 58-55 win over N.C. State Tuesday night at John Paul Jones Arena.

The Cavaliers are now 5-0 all-time at John Paul Jones Arena against State.

The Wolfpack led 31-24 at halftime but the Cavaliers turned up the defensive pressure in the second half. Freshman Mike Tobey was a key contributor in the half, finishing with 13 points and seven rebounds on the game.

The two teams traded baskets for much of the second half until a Harris layup gave the Hoos a 54-51 lead with just under five minutes remaining.

State's Scott Wood countered with a three to tie the game but Mitchell drained a jumper from the top of the key to give the Cavs a two-point lead.

The teams then spent the next three minutes exchanging missed shots before Jontel Evans, who had missed all three free throws after being fouled on a three-point attempt right before half, sunk two big freebies to give the Hoos the final 58-55 edge.

Virginia (15-5, 5-2) visits Georgia Tech Sunday.

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