The Sport Effect

Virginia’s Jay Huff enters Ralph Sampson territory by standing tall vs. Duke

Jay Huff was a single rebound absent from a triple-double on Saturday vs. Duke. The 7-one junior forward experienced nine boards to go with 15 points — and 10 blocked photographs.

Ralph Sampson is the only other participant in Virginia program background to file double-digit rejections in a video game. As it turned out, Sampson was sitting courtside in Charlottesville for Huff’s functionality, which lifted the Cavs (21-7, thirteen-five ACC) to a huge 52-fifty ACC victory around the No. 7 Blue Devils (23-six, thirteen-five).

Huff’s 10th block was the most vital. It denied a likely go-in advance bucket by Vernon Carey in the closing seconds.

Huff was fouled on the rebound and manufactured a single of two free of charge throws to give the 2019 NCAA Tournament champions a two-position lead. He then viewed a Blue Devils’ heave clang off the rim at the buzzer.

“(Huff) was fired up,” UVA mentor Tony Bennett advised reporters postgame . “His duration is for true. It was a total video game for Jay.”

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It was also redemption for the Durham, N.C., item, who was on the organization end of a nasty dunk by the Blue Devils’ Zion Williamson very last year. That perform made the rounds on Twitter as Huff was dominating in the paint. ( WARNING: Salty, NSFW language in advance.)

On Saturday, Huff was throwing it down on Williamson’s successors 

Huff finished two blocks behind Sampson’s school file, but he’ll gladly consider the payback and the acquire.