Cavaliers Fall at Florida State 63-56
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-Sophomore guard Michael Snaer scored 16 points and had eight rebounds to lead Florida State to a 63-56 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Virginia on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 12) at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Junior forward Chris Singleton scored 11 points in the first half for the Seminoles before leaving the game with an injury.
Red-shirt junior guard Sammy Zeglinski scored a game-high 19 points to lead Virginia. The 19 points are a season high for Zeglinski and its the fourth consecutive game he’s scored in double figures. Freshman guard Joe Harris added 17 points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Cavaliers.
The victory improves Florida State’s overall record to 18-7 and the Seminoles are 8-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Seminoles have won the last five games in the series against Virginia and eight of the last nine.
The loss drops Virginia’s overall record to 12-12 and the Cavaliers are now 3-7 in the ACC. It was the 14th consecutive loss in the state of Florida for UVa.
After Virginia took a 19-15 lead on a dunk by freshman forward Akil Mitchell with 9:46 to play in the first half, the Seminoles out-scored the Cavaliers 19-4 to take a 34-23 halftime lead.
Florida State led by as many as 16 points three times in the second half, the last time at 53-37 with 9:48 left in the game. The Cavaliers rallied to cut the Seminoles lead to three points (56-53) with 1:12 remaining to play on a jumper by Harris. Florida State junior forward Bernard James then made a jump shot and the Seminoles made 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to hold off Virginia.
Harris scored 15 points in the second half for Virginia and Zeglinski scored 11. Eight of UVa’s 10 field goals in the second half were three-point field goals. Harris had all four of his three-point field goals in the second half while Zeglinski had three three-pointers in the second half and a season-high five in the game.
Harris leads Virginia with 49 three-point field goals this season. That ranks third on UVa’s list of three-point field goals by a freshman in a season.
Florida State shot 44.7 percent (21-47) from the field in the game, including 33.3 percent (6-18) from three-point range, and 78.9 percent (15-19) from the free throw line.
Virginia shot 31.7 percent (19-60) from the field, including 36.7 percent (11-30) from three-point range, and 87.5 percent (7-8) from the free throw line.
The Cavaliers return to action on Wednesday (Feb. 16) when they host Duke at John Paul Jones Arena. The game, which is sold out, will be televised by ESPN2 and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network.