When these teams met two weeks ago in Tallahassee, Virginia took advantage of early sloppiness by FSU to take command of the game in the first half. In the second, they pushed that lead even further before the Noles finally got it together and made a late run. Today they squared off again, and, well, the exact same thing happened.
The main difference this time is that both teams shot the ball better, and Virginia won 78-66 in a 65 possession game. FSU had a chance to cut it to single digits with four minutes remaining, but an Ian Miller three went halfway down before popping out.
Joe Harris, who missed most of the last game when he was concussed by friendly fire from the always active UVA elbows, made 4-5 3s on his way to a game high 18 points. In total, the hot shooting Hoos made 7-11 3s (64%) and 17-23 FTs (74%). FSU used 9 blocks to help limit UVA's inside game.
The end of the game was marred by some classless moves from Virginia which led to two Hoos players being assessed technicals, and two other players being ejected. Words were exchanged after the game as well, but the coaches were able to guide the team to the locker room before anything really ugly happened.
The Noles got another excellent all around game from emerging star Aaron Thomas who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Okaro White had 15 points, 7 boards, and 3 blocks, while Devon Bookert chipped in 12 points. Bookert is now 9-12 from deep in his last three games and has clearly broken out of his 1-19 slump.
Unfortunately, Robert Gilchrist left the game with a leg injury, and we anxiously await any report. FSU has absolutely no depth this year, and playing short handed for any length of time could seriously derail what has otherwise been a very promising season.
FSU (12-5, 3-2) now gets to take a short break from the road and will host Notre Dame on Tuesday night at the Tuck. The Noles will either be tied for 4th or 5th, depending on what happens in today's Clemson-Wake Forest game.