After losing a close contest at home to North Carolina, Florida State took the court in Charlottesville, Virginia with hope of getting back on track. However, after a downpour of threes from the Cavaliers, the Seminoles found themselves on the losing end of a conference matchup once again, falling 56-36.
UVA's Joe Harris had the hot hand for the Cavaliers, scoring a game high 17 points.
Prior to Saturday afternoon, FSU had defeated UVA in the last seven meetings between the two programs.
The Cavaliers were hot from the start, as FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton was forced to take an early timeout when UVA jumped out to an early 11-4 lead, fueled by three baskets from beyond the arch. The Cavaliers finished the day having shot a blistering 53.8 percent from three-point land.
Junior guard Joe Harris led the way for the Cavaliers, accounting for 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-6 from downtown. Harris also racked up four steals.
“As far as the game is concerned, we did know that they are a good three-point shooting team but we didn’t act like it," Hamilton said. "We’ve had a defensive system in place now for a number of years that seems to have been fairly effective against good teams, so I have to give Virginia credit because I think they were patient like they normally are and they executed well. We seemed to lose out defensive focus for the first 10-12 minutes of the game. They did a great job of executing and moving the ball down quickly and we did a poor job of locating their shooters.”
The Seminoles, on the other hand, never really found their offense, shooting just 37.2 percent on the afternoon. This included just one made three pointer on 15 attempts.
Senior guard Michael Snaer led the way for FSU offensively, scoring just nine points on the afternoon.
And on top of UVA’s hot shooting hands, the Seminoles couldn’t stop turning the ball over. By the time of the final whistle, FSU had amounted a total of 18 turnovers. UVA capitalized, scoring 20 of its 56 points off the Seminoles’ gifts.
UVA also outrebounded FSU, pulling down 30 boards to FSU’s 22.
Redshirt junior forward Terrance Shannon left the contest late in the fourth quarter with an apparent neck injury. Shannon was shuttled to the UVA medical center and no further word has been released regarding the severity of the injury.
“I can’t really tell you anything about Terrance right now, but we do know that when he was going down he hit his head on a player’s thigh I believe," Hamilton said. "He had a, I guess what you call in football, a stinger; I still don’t really know what that is. He had an issue about three or four weeks ago when his neck got twisted so it’s unfortunate. They said he was moving his extremities."
With the loss, FSU now stands with an overall record of 10-7 and 2-2 in conference play. The Seminoles will be looking to right the ship against Clemson (10-6, 2-2), as the Tigers journey to Tallahassee on Thursday.