TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — M.J. Walker scored 17 points and No. 16 Florida Impart built a massive first-half of lead, beating No. 7 Virginia 81-60 on Monday night in a showdown between the tip two groups in the Atlantic Fly Convention.
RaiQuan Gray had 15 points as the Seminoles (12-3, 8-2) handed 2019 national champion Virginia its worst ACC loss in four years. Walker made 5 of Florida Impart’s season-excessive 13 3-pointers on 24 attempts (54%).
“We can play anybody in the nation as soon as we’re locked in and centered on our opponent and the recreation conception and assemble it,” Gray said. “We must maintain that spotlight the remaining of the 300 and sixty five days.”
Gray scored in double figures for the seventh straight recreation. Florida Impart has gained 24 consecutive ACC house video games dating to a victory over Clemson on Jan. 22, 2019.
Trey Murphy III had 13 points and Kihei Clark added 12 in the 2nd half of for Virginia (15-4, 11-2), which had gained four in a row.
Florida Impart has taken four of the final 5 meetings at house. Nonetheless this one was surprisingly lopsided; it marked the Cavaliers’ largest ACC defeat since falling 65-41 at North Carolina on Feb. 18, 2017.
The Seminoles shot a sturdy 29 of 58 (50%) from the bottom against one of many nation’s stingiest defensive programs.
“Whenever you happen to adore to contain of mission to beat a group of this caliber, or that’s playing at this stage in this setting, you will’t be now and again indisputably factual defensively,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “You’ve obtained to be the total time factual in the areas that you contain control over. You possibly can’t control in the event that they’ll gain the massive-time shot or an acrobatic play, nonetheless we can control if our defense is made up our minds, if we’re consuming on the ball, if we’re in space and now now not committing some lapse in judgment.”
Bennett dropped to 9-10 against Florida Impart.
Florida Impart jumped on the Cavaliers early. Gray and Walker had nine points apiece as the Seminoles went 6 of 10 from 3-point differ on the methodology to a stunning 45-25 halftime lead.
Murphy’s 3-pointer closed the deficit to 48-41 with 14: 24 left, nonetheless the Cavaliers couldn’t lower into the lead any extra.
Florida Impart’s depth again was a massive factor. Balsa Koprivica (nine points), Anthony Polite (eight), Scottie Barnes (seven) and Sardaar Calhoun (six) helped the Seminoles’ bench outscore Virginia’s reserves 37-20.
“We obtained a fascinating amount of energy from each person who came in the recreation,” coach Leonard Hamilton said. “I believed that allowed us to play at a indisputably, very excessive stage in your entire recreation.”
BIG MAN RETURNS
Koprivica, a sophomore center, returned after turning his ankle pregame against Wake Forest. He pulled down three rebounds and hit his first 3-pointer of the season. That shot as successfully as an 18-footer had been amongst the massive baskets for Florida Impart in the 2nd half of.
Koprivica played the role of rim protector successfully, as Clark did most of his pain early in the 2nd half of when Koprivica was on the bench. Koprivica also blocked one of Clark’s 2nd-half of shots.
Virginia was behind early with eight first-half of turnovers and couldn’t match Florida Impart’s energy. The Cavaliers had held the Seminoles beneath 70 points in the outdated 19 meetings.
Florida Impart confirmed off its depth and defense, securing its finest win of the season with the kind of shooting efficiency Virginia usually shows. Eight avid gamers sank a 3 for the Seminoles. The supreme diversified group in the final 25 seasons to finish that in a win over a high-10 group was Auburn in the 2019 NCAA regional semifinals against North Carolina, according to STATS.
Virginia possibly gained’t plunge too some distance if it bounces support Saturday at Duke. Florida Impart confirmed it’s noteworthy of continuing its ascension, namely if it’s going to add to its success against Virginia Tech this weekend.
Virginia plays at Duke on Saturday.
Florida Impart hosts No. 18 Virginia Tech on Saturday.
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