# 4 UVA Dominant in victory over 9th ranked FSU

Virginia’s De Andre Hunter takes it up strong against Florida State defender Mfiondu Kabengele

Virginia’s De Andre Hunter takes it up strong against Florida State defender Mfiondu Kabengele

In just the 11 top-10 matchup in FSU basketball history, the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers were as good as advertised in a 65-52 victory over No. 9 Florida State at John Paul Jones Arena.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton and his team knew that Virginia's Kyle Guy could hurt them offensively.

Fifth-year senior Phil Cofer led FSU with nine points, while redshirt sophomore Mfiondu Kabengele added five points and a team-high seven rebounds. The Virginia Cavaliers' offensive firepower has led to them being undefeated with key wins against Wisconsin and Maryland.

"We were locked in and were ready to play defensively", Bennett said.

Virginia's offense slowed a little in the second half, but the Cavaliers still ended the game with 40.4 percent field goal shooting, 43.8 percent three-point shooting and 88.9 percent free-throw shooting to win 65-52. The Seminoles didn't match Virginia's first-half point total until the final minute. Junior guard Braxton Key came off the bench to add 20 points for the Cavaliers.

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Florida State: The Seminoles came in having scored 73 or more points in all but two games and 80 or more in all but four. The Cavaliers led the nation in scoring defense, allowing an average of 51.4 points.

"Whenever I had an open look, I tried to be a little more aggressive today than normal and shots were falling for me", Key said. "That's his game. He's kind of a complete player who does a little bit of everything".

All of that success and points didn't mean a thing early on as the Seminoles found themselves struggling both sides of the ball - going down 21-3 late in the second quarter before a fake punt call effectively saved the day and led to a touchdown before the half by Devonta Freeman as part of 17 unanswered points that cut the deficit to one.

Virginia will next face Boston College on the road Wednesday night at 9 P.M., coverage on WINA will begin at 8 P.M.

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