CHARLOTTE, N.C. – State of Florida l & # 39; head coach Leonard Hamilton It was customary to say regularly that his team was only as good as the sum of their parts. In upsetting # 1 seed Virginia at the Conference Tournament on the Atlantic Coast, the number 4 of the Seminoles embodied this saying. From the fifth to the tenth man who contributed, everyone was a little given during the surprise victory of the USF 69-59 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC.
The Seminoles (27-6) offered the Cavaliers (29-3), who rank # 2 in the two main polls, just their third defeat of the season. duke is the only other team to land Tony Bennettclub this season, twice in regular season. It was FSU's first victory over Virginia in the ACC tournament. They have a double against the Cavaliers in the tournament of the conference.
With the win, FSU advance to the Saturday's ACC tournament championship match, which will air on ESPN. The Seminoles will face the winner of tonight's second semi-final between 2nd seed North Carolina and No. 3 seeds duke. FSU is now 3-2 in the semifinals.
The FSU semifinal win was sealed by an emphatic dunk by Terance Mann in the last seconds, his only points of the evening.
But they did it thanks to a little something everyone in Garnet tonight.
David Nichols, who had only four points in the first period, finished top of the team with 14 points. He was one of the three two-digit Seminoles, joining Phil Cofer (11 points), Trent Forrest (10 points) and Mfiondu Kabengele (10 points). Nichols and Forrest each had three helpers. Kabengele and Forrest each grabbed six boards. Nichols added five rebounds. Christ Koumadje contributed nine points and nine rebounds. Six players in total had nine or more points for the Seminoles. The FSU bench had a 28-8 advantage in the goal column compared to his opponent.
The FSU's offense came close to clocking 69 points – the fourth-worst of any opponents against Virginia this season.
As a team, the Seminoles were 26 for 46 (56.5%) of the soil and 6 for 16 (37.5%) of the perimeter against Virginia. They were 11 for 15 (73.3%) at the line. The Seminoles scored 26 points in the painting, compared with 22 for Virginia. FSU dominated the boards, 35-20. They had 10 assists in 13 times. The Seminoles also had three blocks and three interceptions.
The FSU also deployed an exceptional defensive effort. They kept Kyle Guy under control, giving him only 11 points on eight shots. "Andre Hunter led the Cavaliers with 13 points. But as a team, they were only 22 for 53 (41.5%) of the soil and 5 for 24 (20.8%) of the perimeter. They capitalized on the line, with a rate of 10 to 13 (76.9%).
The FSU won its only ACC tournament tournament championship in the history of the school in 2012, the last time it's accessing the championship. FSU defeated North Carolina in this output.
At the half of it or in the middle: FSU had a 35-31 lead over the Cavaliers. The Seminoles led the majority of the first 20 minutes, including up to 10 points. Christ Koumadje (9 points), Phil Cofer (8 points) and Mr. J. Walker (7 points) led the way in the first half. UVa earned 11 points Kyle Guybut as a team they were only 2 for 11 (18.2%) of the depth and 12 for 28 (42.9%) of the total.
Revenge: The USSR is now 1-1 for the 2018-19 season against Virginia. Virginia beat FSU, 65-52, earlier this season in Charlottesville, Va.
After the match, Virginia head coach Tony Bennett was asked about what was different from both games.
"It was some time ago, I think they shot better, they were so balanced in their scores, we probably did not shoot, obviously we did not shoot as well and I think they defended themselves, they were a little tighter and played a more physical game and sometimes at this point in the year the game is more physical, "said Bennett.
One for the record book: With the victory over Virginia, the Seminoles team equalized the school record of victories in one season with 27. The Seminoles won 27 games and played for the NCAA championship during the 1971-1972 season.