It has been a tough season for Virginia as the Hoos fall at home to the NC State Wolfpack, 53-51 on Monday night.
UVA started the game by working inside-out. UVA did not attempt its first three pointer of the game until the 10:55 mark of the first half, when Diakite splashed one home to put UVA up 15-13. That two point lead was actually the largest for the Hoos in the first half. The first half was played very close the largest lead for either team was NC State leading by four points.
At Halftime, NC State led 28-26. UVA was shooting 42.3% (11-26) from the floor and 25% (1-4) from three. The 28 points that NC State had in the first half was their fewest total of the season. The Hoos were also leading the rebounding battle 21-13, the only thing they were struggling with was their turnovers, the Hoos had six to NC State’s one.
As close as the first half was, the second half was a game of runs. The first run came for NC State when they went on 11-2 run and led 42-31 with 13:56 left in the game. UVA was really struggling and needed a spark, they went to their bench bringing in Casey Morsell and Francisco Caffaro. The Hoos then went on 15-0 run, including seven points from the two first years.
There was 4:39 left and the Hoos were up 46-42 and it felt like UVA was going to pull the game out. NC State hit two consecutive threes to go up 48-47 with 2:39 left, it was a lead the Wolfpack would never give back.
Casey Morsell had a look at three that would have won the game for the Hoos as time expired. The shot was on line but hit the front of the rim. It appeared to me that Casey was hit on the arm but there was no foul call. Just like the Hoos lost another home ACC game.
Virginia had one player get to double figures in Kiehei Clark who had 10 points. Casey Morsell had 9, Jay Huff, Mamadi Diakite, and Braxton Key had 9.
Virginia’s next game is Sunday, when they travel on the road to play Wake Forest.