TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Virginia’s Armaan Franklin scored a game-high 20 points on eight made field goals and four 3-pointers to lead No. 13 Virginia to their thirteenth victory of the season with a 67-58 win over the Seminoles at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Ben Vander Plas accompanied Franklin in double figure scoring with 15 points to improve Virginia’s ACC record to 5-2. Florida State is now 3-4 in ACC play, marking this as their first home ACC loss against Virginia.
Matthew Cleveland scored 10 points and 10 rebounds to earn his seventh consecutive double double, a Seminole milestone that was last achieved by Reggie Royals during the 1971-72 season.
Cam Corhen led the Seminoles in scoring with 15 points on six made field goals. This marked his sixth game of the season scoring in double figures.
Cam Corhen increased his free throw proficiency against Virginia, shooting a perfect two for two from the charity stripe. Since the second half of Florida State’s victory against USC Upstate on December 13th, Corhen has made 12 of his last 13 free throw attempts (.923). He has a .824 (42-51) shooting percentage from the free throw line for his freshman season.
Caleb Mills continues to be ranked as Florida State’s all-time leading free throw shooter. After shooting six for six from the free throw line on Saturday afternoon, he has now made 61 free throws, totaling a career free throw shooting percentage of .820 (205-250).
Darin Green Jr. played his 100th career game against Virginia. He played 82 games in three seasons at UCF and played his 18th game as a Seminole against the Cavaliers. He scored nine points against the Cavaliers.
Florida State shot 10 for 37 from the field and had a .300 (3-10) shooting percentage from the bonusphere in the first half. A slow start for the Seminoles allowed the Cavaliers to a 19-4 scoring run early in the half, giving Virginia their biggest lead of the half, 24-11.
Cameron Corhen brought in momentum for the Seminoles with two for two free throws, which was ultimately a major turning point to the half. Two of the Seminoles’ three 3-pointers came in the final minutes of the half, one from Darin Green Jr. and the other from Matthew Cleveland.
Cleveland scored 7 points in under four minutes for Florida State, ensuring the Seminoles kept up with the Cavaliers pace of play, bringing the score from 24-16 to 31-23.
Florida State made five of their last seven field goals and kept Virginia in a two minute and 24 second scoring drought to narrow the scoring gap and end the first half with a score of 33-25.
Virginia started the second half off strong, shooting three for three from the field to give the Cavaliers a 48-34 lead. Florida State struggled early in the second half, unable to secure a field goal for a period of nearly five minutes.
The Seminoles scored 18 points in the paint and six bench points. Florida State scored nine points off rebounds and five fast break points.
Florida State will travel to Notre Dame, Indiana to face off against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Tuesday, January 17th with tip off at 7 pm. The game will be televised on EPSNU. The Seminoles hold a 9-5 winning record over the Fighting Irish.