By Anthony Caruso III
The No. 12 Florida State Seminoles shocked the No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers in the 2019 New York Life ACC Men’s Tournament semifinal at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Seminoles won 69-59 over the Cavaliers.
With the win, the Seminoles will play in the ACC Tournament final on Saturday night. They will face the winner of the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels game.
Florida State improved to 27-6 on the season. They are also 13-5 in conference play.
The Cavaliers fell to 29-3 on the season. In addition, they fell to 16-3 in conference play.
This is the first time that Virginia lost to an opponent not named the Blue Devils this season. They first lost to No. 1 Duke on Jan. 19, then lost again on Feb. 9.
David Nichols led the Seminoles with 14 points. He also had five rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
This is his first double-digit performance since he had 16 against the Tar Heels on Feb. 23. He had a season-high 19 points on Dec. 22 against the St. Louis Billikens in an 81-59 win.
Nichols was one of four Florida State players, who scored in double-digits. Phil Cofer scored 11, while Trent Forrest and Mfiondu Kabengele had 10 points each.
The Seminoles had 28 bench points. Nichols led the bench with his aforementioned 14 points.
De’Andre Hunter led the Cavaliers with 13 points. He also had one rebound and two blocks.
Hunter had had back-to-back double-digit performances, as he had 16 points against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on March 14th. He had a season-high 26 points against the then-No. 18 Louisville Cardinals in a 64-52 win on Feb. 23.
Hunter was one of three Virginia players, who scored in double-figures. Kyle Guy had 11, while Ty Jerome scored 10 points.
The Cavaliers had eight bench points. Braxton Key led the bench with four points. He also had four rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
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