Feb. 17, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Chris Singleton scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Florida State to a 69-50 victory over Virginia on Wednesday night.
Luke Louks had 11 points and Xavier Gibson added 10 for the
Seminoles (19-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who held Virginia to
its second-lowest scoring output of the season.
The Cavaliers’ 50 points are the fewest they have scored since
moving into John Paul Jones Arena in 2006.
“This was a very important game for our basketball team, and I think we played with very high level of focus,” said Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton. “I think the reason we were able to do that for the whole entire game was because, as we watched tapes of Virginia, we thought they did a very outstanding job defending.
“We knew if we did not defend them, then they would score points because they have good shooters and [Mike] Scott was a tough matchup for us.”
Solomon Alabi, who came in averaging 12.5 points per game, scored
eight points for Florida State. The Seminoles’ leading scorer this
season left the game at the 18:46 mark with an arm injury, but returned
to score six first-half points. After the game, Hamilton said Alabi’s injury was nothing serious.
The Seminoles shot 50 percent from the floor compared to Virginia
(14-10, 5-6), which shot 38 percent.
Florida State led by 33-24 at halftime, but went on an 11-2 run
to start the second half.
“We have to win our games by committee,” Hamilton said. “We don’t necessarily have a go-to guy. The go-to guy on our team is the guy with the best opportunity — the open guy.
“We haven’t had anybody emerge, and the guys seem to like playing that way — just moving the ball and everybody playing within themselves…that’s who we are right now.”
Virginia coach Tony Bennett, whose team was coming off a 19-point
loss to Maryland on Monday, tried a new starting lineup. Bennett went
with a backcourt of Calvin Baker and Jeff Jones in place of Sammy
Zeglinski and Jontel Evans, but it didn’t make much of a difference.
In the first half, FSU shot 54 percent from the field. The
Seminoles first seven baskets were either 3-pointers or conventional
three-point play opportunities.
Jones led Virginia with 13 points. Sylven Landesberg scored four
points, less than 13 points below his season average.
“You can’t lose your heart,” said Bennett, “and I thought that was taken again tonight.”