Virginia 78, Florida State 66

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Charlottesville, Va. -- Joe Harris led four Cavaliers in double figures as Virginia used a hot shooting first half to cruise by Florida State, 78-66, on Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena.

Harris scored a game-high 18 points, Malcolm Brogdon finished with 16, Mike Tobey had 13 and Justin Anderson added 10.

Virginia completed its first two-game sweep of Florida State since the 2000-01 season.

Florida State got to as close as 12 points late in the first half as Devon Bookert knocked down a 3-pointer with 4:22 to play. That would be as close as the Seminoles would get however as Virginia converted free throws down the stretch.

Virginia shot 49.1 percent from the field for the game, including 7-of-11 from 3-point range, and sank 17-of-23 free throws.

Florida State was led by Okaro White and Aaron Thomas, who each scored 15 points. The Seminoles outrebounded Virginia, 31-28, but were haunted by turnovers, coughing up the ball 18 times.

After Florida State's Devon Bookert opened up the game with a 3-pointer, Virginia went on a blistering 28-8 run to lead, 28-11, with 8:06 left in the first half.

The Seminoles would try to creep back in it with an 8-1 run to cut the Cavalier lead to 34-23, before Virginia ended the half on an 11-3 run to lead, 45-26, after 20 minutes.

Virginia was unconscious from the field in the first half, shooting 55.2 percent from the field, which included 83.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Harris led the Cavaliers with 10 points in the half while Anderson and Brogdon each added eight.

Florida State was led by Aaron Thomas, who scored seven first half points, as the Seminoles shot 42.9 percent from the field.

NOTES: Virginia ended a 10-game losing streak at Florida State and 17-game losing streak in the state of Florida with their win over the Seminoles on Jan. 4. ... After losing their ACC opener to Virginia, Florida State has won three straight conference games. ... Florida State ranks third nationally in field goal percentage defense at .363. ... Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon has made 25 of his last 26 free throws.
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