Virginia holds off Florida State rally, wins 62-50
The Cavs (10-4, 1-0 ACC) only got two minutes out of leading scorer Joe Harris, who left after suffering a possible concussion early in the first half. UVa. also struggled mightily from the foul line, making just 18 of its 33 attempts from the charity stripe.
Virginia led 45-23 on a Darion Atkins dunk with 11:09 to go, but Florida State went on a 14-3 run to cut the lead to 11 at 48-37 on a pair of free throws by Boris Bojanovsky with 6:09 to go, and got as close as seven at 53-46 on a three-pointer by Okaro White with 2:55 to go.
The ‘Hoos went just 9-of-16 from the foul line in the final 2:32 to keep the game within hailing distance, but Florida State couldn’t get closer because it was able to go just 1-for-9 from the field in the same stretch.
White was the only FSU player in double figures, with 15 points.
• Virginia ended a 17-game losing streak in the state of Florida, recording its first win in in the state since a 69-66 decision over Florida State on Feb. 17, 2001
• The Cavaliers ended a 10-game losing streak at Florida State, recording their first win over FSU in Tallahassee since a 69-66 decision on Feb. 17, 2001
• Virginia is 5-0 in season openers under head coach Tony Bennett (6 consecutive overall)
• Virginia is 19-22 all-time vs. Florida State
• Virginia recorded its first true road win of the season and had a season-low six turnovers
• London Perrantes had a career-high 14 points
• Akil Mitchell had his first double-double of the season (14th career) with 11 points and a season-high 13 rebounds
• Justin Anderson led UVa in scoring for the fourth straight game with 16 points
• Joe Harris left the game with an injury at the 17:37 mark of the first half and didn’t return