Twelve minutes into the first half, Virginia looked capable of upsetting Florida State at the Donald L. Tucker Center Saturday. The men's basketball team led 19-15 against the Seminoles, whose best shooter, junior forward Chris Singleton, had left the game with a fractured right foot.
After Singleton's injury, however, Florida State (18-7, 8-3) rallied with a 19-4 run to secure a 34-23 halftime lead. The Seminoles continued that trend in the second half and built a 53-37 advantage with 8:28 remaining.
Then the Cavaliers (12-12, 3-7) began to rally. Relying almost exclusively on three-pointers, Virginia outscored Florida State 14-2 during the next seven minutes. Each of the team's first eight field goals during the half came from behind the arc. Freshman guard Joe Harris scored 15 of his 17 points during the second half, including a two-pointer with 1:12 left that pulled the Cavaliers within three. The Seminoles, though, hit 5-of-6 free throws during the last 23 seconds to seal a 63-56 win.
Virginia finished the night with 30 attempted three-pointers, its most on the season. The team only made eight of its 30 two-point attempts as they shot a dreary 31.7 percent from the field. In their next game, the Cavaliers host the ACC's top team, No. 5 Duke, Wednesday at 7 p.m.
-compiled by Ashley Robertson