No. 7 Virginia tops Iowa in Emerald Coast Classic semis
NICEVILLE, Fla. — Jerred Reuter led a well-balanced scoring attack with 14 points and No. 7 Virginia's stifling trademark defense set the tone for a 74-41 victory over Iowa on Friday night in the semifinals of the Emerald Coast Classic.
The Cavaliers (5-0) will play for the tournament title on Saturday against the winner of Friday's late game between Memphis and Providence.
Three other Cavaliers scored in double figures: London Perrantes with 12, Isaiah Wilkins 11 and Darius Thompson 10.
Offense, though, took a back seat as it often does whenever Virginia plays.
The Cavaliers began the day leading the nation in scoring defense by holding opponents to 38.8 points per game.
Iowa (3-2) barely bested that average, led by Peter Jok's 13 points.
The Hawkeyes shot only 31.3 percent from the field including 26.1 percent from 3-point range.
The Cavaliers hit 48.3 percent from the field including 47.1 percent on 3s.