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FSU loses at Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Joe Harris and Virginia didn't let a disappointment at Duke knock them off their rhythm.

Harris had 18 points, Malcolm Brogdon scored 16 and the Cavaliers used an early 22-5 run to take command on their way to a 78-66 victory against Florida State on Saturday, claiming a sweep of the season series.

"I think we have a bunch of guys on our team that are starting to buy in and buy into their roles," Brogdon said after a game in which he also had six assists, four steals and four rebounds in 33 minutes. "We believe in Coach (Tony) Bennett, and he believes in us. He allows his players a lot of freedom and allows us to play up to our abilities."

The Cavaliers (13-5, 4-1 ACC), who won 62-50 at FSU on Jan. 4, led 45-26 at halftime after closing with an 11-3 run. They swept the Seminoles for the first time since the 2000-01 season.

Since a 35-point loss at Tennessee on Dec. 30, the Cavs have won four of five, including the victory at FSU and another at North Carolina State, giving them their best ACC start since 1994-95. Their only loss in that stretch was 69-65 at Duke on Monday, a game Virginia actually led just once, in the final minute.

Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton sounded glad to be done with the Cavaliers in the regular season.

"The closeness of the score does not really indicate how really well they played the game," he said, adding that Virginia's 49.1 shooting percentage was more a reflection of their effectiveness than a sign of shoddy defense. "We just could not seem to disrupt them. They were on point, and they weren't going to allow us to get them out of rhythm."

Former Clearwater High standout Okaro White and Aaron Thomas scored 15 each for the Seminoles (12-5, 3-2), who went in second in the ACC with a field-goal percentage defense of 36.3 percent. But the Cavs shot better than 55 percent in the first half and made 5 of 6 3-pointers.

FSU loses at Virginia 01/18/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:08pm]
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