Guy, Key lead No. 4 Vir­ginia to win over No. 9 Florida State

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - BY HANK KURZ JR.

CHAR­LOTTESVILLE, VA.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamil­ton and his team knew that Vir­ginia’s Kyle Guy could hurt them of­fen­sively.

The No. 9 Semi­noles were less ready for Brax­ton Key.

Guy scored 21 points, and Key had 20 on Sat­ur­day as the No. 4 Cava­liers beat the Semi­noles 65-52.

“You watch him play on film and … you just don’t be­lieve a guy is ca­pa­ble of be­ing that con­fi­dent when he shoots the ball,” Hamil­ton said of Guy, who set a Vir­ginia record by stretch­ing his streak of con­sec­u­tive 3-point­ers made to 11 be­fore a late miss. “I’m not re­ally sure I’ve seen many guys that seem to feel as good wher­ever he is on the floor that he’s ca­pa­ble of putting it in the bas­ket, and he does.”

Guy scored 18 points in the first half, when he made as many field goals as the Semi­noles, and Key added 12 be­fore the break.

“Him com­ing in and giv­ing them that much of­fen­sive out­put re­ally set us back a lit­tle bit,” Hamil­ton said. “He was the X-fac­tor.”

Guy and Key both made seven of 11 shots, with Key also hit­ting a pair of 3-point­ers.

“When­ever I had an open look, I tried to be a lit­tle more ag­gres­sive to­day than nor­mal, and shots were fall­ing for me,” Key said.

“He let the game come to him and made some shots when they were there, at­tacked when it was there,” Vir­ginia coach Tony Ben­nett said of the Alabama trans­fer. “That’s his game. He’s kind of a com­plete player who does a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing.”

The Cava­liers (13-0, 1-0 ACC), who lead the na­tion in scor­ing de­fense (51.4), lim­ited Florida State to 15 field goals and con­tin­ued their best start to a sea­son since the 2014-15 team won its first 19 games.

“We were locked in, and we were ready to play de­fen­sively,” Ben­nett said.

The Cava­liers closed the first half on a 15-2 run to lead 42-23 and led by as many as 29 be­fore the Semi­noles ral­lied late.

“They took ad­van­tage of ev­ery mis­take we made, ev­ery short­com­ing we had on the court,” Hamil­ton said.

Phil Cofer scored nine points

to lead the Semi­noles (12-2, 0-1). Florida State shot 34 per­cent (15-44) and be­came the 11th team held be­low 60 points by Vir­ginia this sea­son. The Semi­noles fin­ished with as many turnovers as field goals, lead­ing to 21 Vir­ginia points.

Vir­ginia led 27-21 late in the first half be­fore Key hit a 3-pointer to spark the 15-2 run to end the half. Key scored seven and Guy six in the burst, which gave the Cava­liers a 42-23 lead at the break. The Semi­noles didn’t match Vir­ginia’s first-half point to­tal un­til the fi­nal minute.

BIG RUN

The game had been long since de­cided, but Florida State scored the game’s fi­nal 16 points over the last 2 min­utes.

BIG PIC­TURE

Florida State: The Semi­noles came in hav­ing scored 73 or more points in all but two games and 80 or more in all but four, but shot just 34.1 per­cent (15-44) and missed 17 of their 23 at­tempts from 3-point ter­ri­tory.

Vir­ginia: The Cava­liers went more than seven min­utes in the sec­ond half with­out a field goal and were outscored just 4-2 in that stretch.

UP NEXT

Florida State: The Semi­noles re­turn home to face Mi­ami on Wednes­day. Vir­ginia: The Cava­liers visit Bos­ton Col­lege on Wednes­day.

PHO­TOS BY STEVE HELBER AP

Vir­ginia guard Brax­ton Key, right, strug­gles for the ball with Florida State guard David Nichols dur­ing the first half Sat­ur­day in Char­lottesville, Va. The ninth-ranked Semi­noles lost to the fourth-ranked Cava­liers 65-52.

Florida State for­ward Mfiondu Kaben­gele, right, tries to get around Vir­ginia cen­ter Jack Salt dur­ing the sec­ond half.

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