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No. 2 men’s basketball picks up tight road win at Florida State

Cavaliers overcome largest deficit of the season to narrowly beat Seminoles

<p>Virginia senior guard Devon Hall scored 17 points Wednesday night against Florida State.</p>

Virginia senior guard Devon Hall scored 17 points Wednesday night against Florida State.

Although the No. 2 Virginia men’s basketball team trailed Florida State by 10 at halftime, a strong second-half performance by the Cavaliers (23-1, 12-0 ACC) secured them a 59-55 win Wednesday night.

Virginia is now 12-0 in the ACC, which ties the 1980-81 Virginia team for the best conference start in program history.

The 15th win in a row didn’t come easy for the Cavaliers, though, and required a big-time performance from senior guard Devon Hall.

After going scoreless in Virginia’s last game, Hall finished the night leading all players in scoring with 17 points — shooting an impressive 3-4 from the three-point line.

Another big factor offensively for Virginia was the sophomore guard duo of Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy. Jerome came up with 15 points, including a clutch three-pointer in the last five minutes of play. Although Guy struggled to convert his shots, he still managed to add 13 points to the scoreboard, with 10 of those points coming in the second-half.

Redshirt freshman guard De’Andre Hunter — who has reached double figures seven times for the Cavaliers in ACC play — ran into foul trouble and only knocked down one field goal and two free throws against Florida State.

The 55 points scored by the Seminoles (17-7, 6-6 ACC) makes them the 19th opponent that has been held to 60 or fewer points by the Virginia defense. In the final 9:01 minutes of play, Florida State didn’t make a single field goal.

The win for the Cavaliers made them only the second team to beat Florida State at home this season, and it ended the two-game losing streak in their series with Florida State. 

Virginia now returns to Charlottesville and gears up to host Virginia Tech in a Commonwealth Clash Saturday. Prior to the game, ESPN’S “College GameDay” will air live from John Paul Jones Arena at 11 a.m. and just before the 6:15 p.m. tipoff.