CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia men’s basketball team suffered its third-consecutive defeat on Wednesday night, as the Cavaliers fell 54-50 at No. 9 Florida State.
The Cavaliers made just 3-of-15 three-point attempts in the game, and they were 0-for-8 in the 1st half.
UVa trailed 31-24 after the first 20 minutes, as the Seminoles closed the first half on an 11-0 run.
The Wahoos rallied to take the lead in the 2nd half.
Kihei Clark hit a jumper to put them up 46-44 with 5:26 remaining, but Virginia only made one shot from the field for the remainder of the game, and they were not able to hold off FSU.
Mamadi Diakte made 6-of-8 shots from the field, and led UVa with 16 points. The senior was the only Cavalier player in double-figures.
Devin Vassell scored a game-high 18 points for FSU, while Anthony Polite added 14 off the bench.
The Cavaliers turned the ball over 16 times against the Seminoles.
FSU is 55-3 at home over the last four seasons, which is the second-best mark in the nation over that span (Gonzaga 57-2).
Virginia (11-5, 3-3 ACC) will be back in action on Saturday at 8pm at Georgia Tech.
• UVA has lost three consecutive games for the first time since losing four straight from Feb. 12-20, 2017 (Virginia Tech, Duke, UNC, Miami).
• The teams will meet again in Charlottesville on Tuesday, Jan. 28
• UVA is 1-1 vs. ranked opponents in 2019-20 (both top-10 foes)
• The Cavaliers are 43-35 against ranked opponents in the Tony Bennett era
• FSU closed the first half on an 11-0 run, aided by six UVA turnover in the last 3:47
• UVA was scoreless for the last 4:52 of the first half
• Virginia is 25-26 all-time vs. Florida State in a series that began in 1991-92
• UVA has won seven of the last 11 meetings between the teams
• UVA has limited Florida State to fewer than 70 points in each of the last 18 meetings between the teams
• Head coach Tony Bennett is 8-9 all-time vs. Florida State
• Double-figure scorers: Mamadi Diakite (16)
• Tomas Woldetensae (9 points) had a season-best three assists and matched a season high with a trio of 3-pointers
• Jay Huff had a team-high seven rebounds off the bench
• Kihei Clark had a career-high nine turnovers