CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Joe Harris' hand hurts and defenders are swarming Virginia star Mike Scott.
Things are not looking good for the Cavaliers, but coach Tony Bennett says his team is far from done after a 60-48 loss to Clemson on Tuesday night.
Virginia struggled to find points with outside threat Harris, averaging 12.5 points coming in, playing with a broken left hand. He finished 1 of 5 for two points.
With Harris hurting, Clemson could spend more time focusing on Scott, who finished with 13 points, four fewer than his average and his second lowest output in 11 ACC games this year.
The Cavaliers (19-6, 6-5) had hoped to reach 20 wins for the first time in five years, as well as bounce back from last Saturday's defeat to North Carolina. Instead, they'll have to wait until Harris' hand improves -- or find someone else to pick up the slack.
That will happen, Bennett said.
"We still have some good basketball in us," Bennett said. "I know that."
The Cavaliers looked like they might make it happen at Littlejohn Coliseum, when Evans made a three-point play to cut Clemson's lead to 42-39 with 8:48 left. That's when Clemson began its closing run that put Virginia away, holding the Cavaliers to their second fewest points this season behind a 47-45 loss to Virginia Tech.
Virginia committed 18 turnovers (it averaged fewer than 12 a game coming in) off 14 steals by the Tigers.
"When you're in a game that's lower scoring, possessions really matter," Bennett said. "Whether it's a turnover on our end or we make a defensive mistake, those possessions hurt and sting."
Jontel Evans led the Cavaliers and tied his career high with 17 points. But Virginia wasn't the same team without a healthy Harris. "Without Joe, we're not much of a threat from three," Bennett said. "Those missed shots and turnovers are really crucial in a game like this."
So is getting to the line, something the Cavaliers also didn't do. Evans had the team's only free throw more with less than nine minutes left in the game.
Bennett said Harris' struggles allowed Clemson to pack things in around the smooth-shooting, 6-foot-8 Scott. Virginia's star also had to deal with Tigers 6-9 forward Milton Jennings, who sat out the team's earlier meeting because of academic issues.
Jennings presence was enough to push Scott out of his comfort zone, Bennett thought.
With Scott further out, Booker was able to get free around the basket in the second half. Clemson's 6-8 junior was 0-for-1 with no rebounds in the opening period, then scored 10 with four rebounds after the break. He also added two blocks and two steals.
Smith hit a basket to start the run, while Booker had two baskets sandwiched between a shot by freshman Rod Hall. When Smith made two foul shots with 1:55 left, the Tigers were ahead 54-43 and celebrating.
Having Harris at half speed seemed to affect his Virginia teammates, too.
Clemson forced 10 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, nearly what Virginia gives up in a game with its 11.5 average. The Cavaliers finished with 18 turnovers, while Clemson picked up 14 steals.
Harris' replacement in the starting lineup, Malcolm Brogdon, picked up some of Virginia's missing touch from the outside with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting.
Young kept the Tigers in it throughout the period. He scored the first five points and added a second 3-pointer that put Clemson out front, 14-13.
Young had the chance to send Clemson into the break ahead, but he made just one of three free throws after getting fouled behind the arc. Young had a similar situation in the Tigers previous game at Littlejohn Coliseum, having three foul shots with 10 seconds left that would've tied things against Maryland. Then, too, Young made just one and Clemson lost 64-62.