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FINAL: FSU 54 - UVA 50

Florida State flag bearers run across the floor before the start of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia Tech in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Florida State won 73-64 in overtime. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Florida State flag bearers run across the floor before the start of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia Tech in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Florida State won 73-64 in overtime. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)(WCTV)
Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 4:03 PM EST
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By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports

January 15, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State returns home following a successful two-game road swing to Louisville and Wake Forest to take on the reigning national champion Virginia Cavaliers.

Tip off is set for 7 p.m. from the Donald L. Tucker Center.

FSU will face one of the stingiest defenses in the country this evening, with the Cavs coming into the game first in the nation in points allowed, at just 48.7. UVA is known for their slow-pace of play, and has scores this season that reflect scores you're more than likely to see on the football field (the Cavs have a 46-26 win against Maine on their schedule this year).

Below will be a running live blog of the game, with play-by-play updates and analysis. For up-to-the-minute updates,

as well as


Apologies for the lack of updates down the stretch, but there really wasn't a ton happening. Until everything started to happen.

Anyway, tonight was everything you could have wanted; close game, great crowd and an exciting finish.

Ryan Kelly will have highlights at 11.

Thanks for joining me tonight.

Really just updating this for the score because not a ton is happening, but let's update you on some game trends. FYI: They're all bad if you're a Noles fan.

FSU is: 0-for-last-4 from the floor, 1-for-last-8, has turned the ball over four times in the last 7:01 and are in the midst of a 3:37 scoring drought.

We are tied at 35-35. But, you already knew that.

Basketball is being played. That's the nicest thing I can say right now.

A quiet start to the second half as the Seminoles hold a four-point lead at the first timeout of the frame.

Devin Vassell just found himself in a rare position; a transition bucket against Virginia, which gives him a game-high 13 points. Anthony Polite is right behind him with 11, but has yet to see the floor this second half.

Anthony Polite is a bad, bad man and ends the half by nailing a pair of dagger threes to cap off an 11-0 run to close the first half for the Seminoles, who have not allowed UVA points in the final 4:52 of the frame.

FSU shot 49.2% from the floor, 41.7% from three and 66.7% (2-3) from the foul line while the 'Hoo's shot 48% from the floor but did not make a three nor attempt a free throw.

The opening and closing of the half belonged to the Noles and, for now, it's good for a seven-point lead.

Florida State's scoring drought went for 7:43, getting snapped by an Anthony Polite bucket to tie the game at 20-20 after UVA took advantage of the lack of offense to take their first lead of the game.

As it stands, the 'Hoo's have hit six of their last eight shots and lead by four. They're still looking for their first three of the night, but are shooting 50% (12-24) compared to a 40% night by the Noles (8-20).

Media timeout and we've seen...no points. I can't recall ever seeing that before.

Anyway, it isn't looking great offensively for the Noles; they haven't scored in 4:59, are 0-7 in that stretch and have turned the ball over thrice.

But, on the flip side, they're keeping UVA at bay (thanks to some poor three-point shooting by the 'Hoo's); the Cavaliers are 2:45 without points.

This

is a game tailor-made for the Cavs.

This game has already seen a whole game's worth of things: The Noles came out hot, hitting their first four shots and ran out to an 11-2 lead but have gone cold since then, allowing a 6-0 run to let UVA come back within a bucket, 12-10.

FSU's defense in the paint has been stellar, especially at the rim when Virginia isn't in "transition," (however it is you want to define that for a Cavalier's offense).

Well, this is exciting. It isn't every day the defending champs come to Tallahassee.

Here's how the two sides will line up tonight:

FSU:

Trent Forest

MJ Walker

Devin Vassell

RaiQuan Gray

Malik Osborne

UVA:

Kihel Clark

Braxton Key

Casey Morsell

Kody Stattmann

Mamadi Diakite

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