Seminoles stifled by Virginia in blowout
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Consecutive lousy performances on the road had Virginia eager to get home, even if they had to wait a week to play again. They took their frustration out on Florida State on Saturday in a 56-36 victory that featured a fast start and stifling defense throughout. Joe Harris scored 17 points, Akil Mitchell had 13 and the Cavaliers (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a seven-game losing streak against the Seminoles. They also took command with a 22-4 run in the first half. The Cavaliers led 33-15 at halftime — the fifth time this season they have held an opponent under 20 first-half points.Michael Snaer scored nine points to lead the Seminoles (10-7, 2-2), who shot 37 percent, missed 14 of 15 3-point attempts and committed 18 turnovers that Virginia turned into 20 points. "Normally we would knock those shots down, but tonight we couldn't and it changed the game," Snaer said. Virginia led 11-9 when Jontel Evans scored on a drive with 13:57 left in the half. The basket sparked a 22-4 run for the Cavaliers. The Seminoles shot 7-for-22 in the half, while the Cavaliers were 7-for-9 on 3-pointers. Mitchell and Justin Anderson scored six each in the burst for Virginia. "We did know that they are a good 3-point shooting team but we didn't act like it," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We've had a defensive system in place now for a number of years that seems to have been fairly effective against good teams, so I have to give Virginia credit because I think they were patient like they normally are and they executed well. "We seemed to lose our defensive focus for the first 10-12 minutes of the game." The game was delayed for several minutes with 3:58 remaining when Terrance Shannon dropped to the floor after appearing to slam his head into Evan Nolte's hip in a scramble under the basket. FSU team doctor Bill Thompson told the Tallahassee Democrat that Shannon has a neck sprain.