The Virginia men's basketball team is off to its best start in the ACC since 1994-1995, as the Cavaliers beat Florida State 78-66 Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena.
UVa (13-5, 4-1 ACC) swept both games of the season series against FSU for the first time since 2000-2001.
"We're not anywhere close to where we want to be," says senior forward Akil Mitchell. "4-1 is 4-1. There's still a lot of games left. A lot of basketball to be played. If we lose every game from here, obviously nobody would be happy. We're not even close to where we need to be."
The Hoos led by double-digits for most of the contest against FSU, and were up by 21 points early in the 2nd half.
Sophomore center Mike Tobey says, "I thought we performed really well, especially coming off the loss against Duke. I thought we came out very strong, and especially in the first half we dominated. Hopefully we can continue this."
Head coach Tony Bennett adds, "We were doing the little things that we say help us be successful. When you take care of that, and don't worry so much about big picture, or 'We gotta get this one,' I think we're in a better place. That's what I think the guys did today, and that's what they responded to."
Joe Harris scored a game-high 18 points, including making 4-of-5 three-point attempts.
Malcolm Brogdon had 16 points and six assists.
The teams got into a shoving match at the end of the game, but no punches were thrown.
Bennett says, "I don't think we were trying to disrespect anybody. It was a 6, 7 second difference on the shot clock. We threw the alley-oop because we had to get a shot up. I have great respect for Leonard (Hamilton) and his team. They play hard. We played well, for the most part. I told our guys they're lovers, not fighters."
Harris adds, "They were pretty frustrated throughout the game. It's a part of basketball. Guys will jaw at each other occasionally, be physical and stuff, and it just got a little out of hand there at the end."
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