CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia opened up an 18-point halftime lead over Florida State and cruised to a 56-36 win Saturday afternoon at the John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia (12-5, 2-2 ACC) ended a seven-game losing streak to FSU (10-7, 2-2) dating back to 2007. The win also snapped a two-game losing skid for the Cavaliers. Florida State had picked up two road wins to start league play and looked on its way to turning things around. However, the Seminoles have now lost two in a row after dropping a home game to North Carolina last Saturday. Virginia guard Joe Harris had a game-high 17 points while forward Akil Mitchell had 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Michael Snaer's nine points led the Seminoles, who did not have a player in double figures as they scored a season-low 36 points. The previous low came in a 72-47 home loss to Florida. Florida State had 18 turnovers and made just 1-of-15 3-pointers. The Seminoles cut the lead to 35-21 with 15:58 left on Okaro White's layup. However, that was the closest the Seminoles got in the second half. The game got a little chippy late. Virginia point guard Jontel Evans and Florida State's White were both issued technical fouls with 9:11 to play after exchanging words during a dead ball. In a scary moment, Seminoles forward Terrance Shannon had to be taken off the floor on a stretcher with 3:59 to go. Shannon lowered his head to pull through after corralling an offensive rebound. His head hit Virginia forward Evan Nolte's hip and Shannon fell to the floor. Virginia led 33-15 at halftime after shooting 77.8 percent (7-of-9) on 3-pointers. The Cavaliers led by as many as 20 in the opening period. Justin Anderson's 3-pointer from the corner capped a 12-0 run to make it 33-13 with 3:03 to play in the half. Harris had nine points on three treys in the opening period to lead Virginia, while Mitchell had eight points. Florida State shot just 31.8 percent (7-of-22) from the field and made 1-of-9 threes in the first half, making just one field goal in the final 10:25. The 15 first-half points tied the season low for points in a half. Florida State also had 15 points in the first half of its loss to Florida. The Seminoles also turned the ball over 12 times and had just two assists. Snaer had seven points in the opening period. NOTES: Florida State leads the series 21-18. ... Virginia starting forward Darion Atkins missed the game with a shin injury. Nolte started in his place. ... Neither team attempted a free throw until Harris went to the line with 13:46 left in the second half.
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