CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Florida State took control of the game with a 28-5 run in the 1st half, and the 16th ranked Seminoles defeated No. 7 Virginia 81-60 on Monday night in Tallahassee.
UVA closed the gap in the 2nd half with a 16-3 run, as a three-pointer from Trey Murphy III cut the deficit to 48-41 with 14:25 to play, but FSU answered with a 17-0 run to put the game out of reach.
Four different players reached double figures for the ‘Hoos. Murphy led the way with 13 points.
The Seminoles shot 50% from the field, and made 13 three-pointers.
UVA head coach Tony Bennett says, “Florida State was really good tonight, you could see it, but what I’m frustrated with, and the tape will always reveal more, we didn’t do the things that were in our control at a high enough level. We always talk about, ‘You may not win, but you got to eliminate losing.’ Be an ‘A’ in transition defense, and defensive rebounding, and position defense, and we weren’t that. We were at times a ‘B,’ and at times, we were a ‘D.’
After only allowing North Carolina to score 48 points total on Saturday night, the ‘Hoos gave up 45 in the first half alone against FSU (45-25).
That’s the most UVA has in a half since surrendering 48 against Tennessee in 2013.
Virginia (15-4, 11-2 ACC) will be back in action on Saturday at Duke.