Another cold shooting night kills the Cavaliers. Unfortunately, while the Hoos have been able to storm back and even steal other games, FSU's hot shooting in the second half gives UVa their 3rd ACC loss of the season.
The first half sure was sloppy. For what seemed to be the entire half, the Cavaliers could not hit a shot outside the lane. It was not until 5 minutes were left in the 1st would UVa hit their true outside shot, when Malcolm Brogdon would hit a corner 3 to give the Hoos a 19-18 lead. London Perrantes and the rest of the offense would extend the lead to as many as eight before allowing the Seminoles to score the last five points of the half to cut the UVa lead to just 3; 28-25 at the half.
Even though Brogdon "paced" the offense (if you can say such a thing happened in the first half), Devon Hall was the bright spot going 2-3 from the field and 2-2 at the free throw line to notch six first half points.
The shooting woes continued into the second half. It certainly did not help that while UVa went ice-cold, FSU began to heat up. The first half that many would have considered UVa's worst shooting half of the season produced a shooting percentage of 42.9% fr the Hoos. As mentioned, it got worse in the 2nd half with UVa shooting 35.7% from the floor including Brogdon and Perrantes combining to shoot 4-16. For the game those two were a combined 8-30. Eight. For. Thirty.
FSU meanwhile erased UVa's three point halftime lead quickly and ended up shooting 63.2% from the floor in the second half, which helped lead them to a 146 offensive efficiency. Not something most UVa fans expect from the defensive specialists.
The only reasons the Hoos were competitive in the second half were Perrantes' three three pointers and the team going 11-13 from the free throw line in the second half.
The loss pushes UVa's record to 13-4 and 2-3 in the ACC. All 4 losses have come on the road. Luckily for UVa, the Hoos play at home on Tuesday against the red-hot Clemson Tigers who are 5-1 in ACC play after a less than impressive out of conference showing.