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#4 UVa Men's Basketball Dominates #9 Florida State 65-52 in ACC Opener

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Kyle Guy scored a game-high 21 points for UVa Kyle Guy scored a game-high 21 points for UVa
Tony Bennett earned the 301st win of his career on Saturday Tony Bennett earned the 301st win of his career on Saturday

The #4 Virginia men's basketball team started conference play with a resounding 65-52 victory over 9th ranked Florida State on Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena.

The Cavaliers led by as many as 29 points, before the Seminoles finished the game on a 13-0 run against UVa's back-up's.

"We were locked in and ready to play defensively," says UVa coach Tony Bennett.  "Our length, our slides, we contested some stuff.  Did they miss some shots?  Yes.  Were we perfect?  No.  But we said we are going to work, and at halftime I said, 'If you can, win this with your defense.'"

UVa has never lost an ACC opener in ten years under Bennett, and the program has won eleven in a row overall.

Kyle Guy scored a game-high 21 points for Virginia, and made 5-of-6 three-point attempts.

"The coaching staff and my teammates have the confidence in me, and that really gets me going," says Guy.  "I think Ty (Jerome) does a great job, and is a true servant in trying to find me and get me going.   He tells me at every timeout, 'I'm getting ready to get you going. ' I think that has a lot to do with it."

Guy set a school record with 11 consecutive 3-pointers over the past two games, as he made his last six against Marshall, and started 5-of-5 against FSU.

He is 12-of-15 from 3-point range over the past two games, and 19-of-31 during the past four games.

Junior Braxton Key 20 points which is his highest point total in a UVa uniform.  

"It felt great," says Key.  "My teammates had confidence in me, and I had confidence in myself.   Whenever I had an open look, I just tried to be a little more aggressive today than normal, and shots were falling for me today."

The Wahoos ended the 1st half on a 15-2 run, and they led 42-23 at halftime.

Virginia's defense limited FSU to 15-of-44 shooting from the field (34.1%), and forced 15 turnovers.

UVa (13-0, 1-0 ACC) is off to its best start since the 2014-15 team won its first 19 games.

The Cavaliers will be back in action at Boston College on Wednesday.