The Cavaliers not only struggled early on, but had a scare when a collision occurred involving teammates Malcolm Brogdon and London Perrantes. Both players suffered facial lacerations, with Brogdon receiving 3 stitches, but he returned to the game. Perrantes returned to the bench but did not return to the game. He reportedly suffered a broken nose in the collision.
The Cavaliers are already without Justin Anderson with a broken fingers, and now Perrantes could miss an extended amount of time.
Anthony Gill led Virginia with 13 points and 9 rebounds, Darion Atkins added 11, and Brogdon 10. Virginia outscored the Seminoles 34-16 in the paint. Florida State led 37-36 with 10:33 to play, before the 2nd-ranked team's defense took over. The Cavaliers have the nation's leading scoring defense at 50.8 points per game.
The Cavaliers' defense was good in the first half, but their inability to score cost them. It took a late first-half rally to lead 22-21 at the half. Florida State had a 10-0 run in the first half to take a 16-13 lead.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes led the Seminoles with 13 points, but Florida State finished shooting 32.6 percent from the floor. Devin Bookert, who is averaging 11 points, struggled for the Seminoles, finishing with just 1 point on the night.
The Cavaliers now sit at 25-1, 13-1 in ACC play, and will visit Wake Forest on Wednesday. Wake Forest nearly pulled off the upset against Virginia on February 14th. FSU fell to 15-13, 7-8 in conference play, and will visit Miami (FL) on Wednesday.