Jan. 18, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Seminoles.com) — The Florida State men’s basketball team’s three-game conference winning streak came to an end Saturday with a 78-66 loss at Virginia.
The Seminoles are now 3-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 12-5 overall after the setback at John Paul Jones Arena. Both of the `Noles’ two league losses this year are to the Cavaliers (13-5, 4-1 ACC).
Similar to the first meeting between the two programs two weeks ago, FSU struggled protecting the basketball. The Seminoles committed 11 first-half turnovers that led to a 45-26 disadvantage at the break and finished the game with 18 giveaways — a statistic that counteracted the fact the ‘Noles outscored the Cavs in the second half.
Florida State entered the game with statistically the ACC’s second-best defensive unit in opponent shooting percentage. But compared to the 36.3 percent shooting they usually hold opponents to, Virginia finished the game with a 49-percent shooting clip. The Cavaliers were also 63.6 percent from long range.
The `Noles actually shot well from the field, hitting at 45.7-percent mark. Okaro White was responsible for five of the team’s makes on six shots and the senior finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Aaron Thomas continued his strong play off the bench, posting 15 points of his own to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Devon Bookert was the third FSU player in double figures with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists.
Ian Miller scored nine points but was 3-of-12 from the field.
Florida State out-rebounded Virginia, 31-28, and had nine blocks compared to the host’s three. But UVa spread the ball around more effectively and registered 18 assists to the Seminoles’ 11. Joe Harris (18), Malcolm Brogdon (16), Mike Tobey (13) and Justin Anderson (10) paced the Cavaliers’ scoring.
FSU now returns home for the first ever in-conference matchup against Notre Dame.
The Seminoles host the Fighting Irish at the Donald L. Tucker Center Tuesday at 8 p.m.