Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Florida State 69, Virginia 59
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, March 15, 2019
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
Officials: # Brian Dorsey, # Bill Covington, # Lee Cassell
Attendance: N/A

David Nichols scored 14 points off the bench as No. 12 Florida State knocked off second-ranked Virginia 69-59 in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals Friday night in Charlotte, N.C.

Phil Cofer added 11 points, while Trent Forrest and Mfiondu Kabengele each had 10 points for the Seminoles, who led for most of the game.

Fourth-seeded Florida State (27-6) will face third-seeded and fifth-ranked Duke, a 74-73 winner over North Carolina, for the championship. The Blue Devils beat the Seminoles in Tallahassee, 80-78 on a last-second 3-pointer, in their only meeting this season on Jan. 12.

De'Andre Hunter (13 points), Kyle Guy (11 points) and Ty Jerome (10 points) paced Virginia (29-3), which was the defending tournament champion.

Friday night's outcome came in the same arena where Virginia's season ended last March with an NCAA Tournament loss to Maryland-Baltimore County. This result wasn't as costly, and the Cavaliers might still remain in line for a No. 1 regional seed for the NCAA Tournament.

Virginia's only other two losses this season came to Duke.

Florida State pulled off the upset despite Terance Mann, who made the winning shot a day earlier in overtime against Virginia Tech, going scoreless until a dunk for the game's final points. He's the team's second-leading scorer.

The Seminoles also overcame 13 turnovers, but Virginia shot 41.5 percent from the field compared to Florida State's 56.5.

Virginia took a couple of brief leads in the second half, but the Seminoles stormed out to a 60-49 edge with less than eight minutes to play.

Jerome tried to keep the Cavaliers in it, hitting a 3-pointer to close the gap to 64-56 with 2:15 remaining.

Florida State broke out to a 20-10 lead on the way to a 35-31 halftime lead. The Seminoles shot 55.6 percent from the field in the first half.

The Cavaliers missed their first eight 3-point attempts before Guy hit a couple late in the first half.

Jerome, who shot 1 for 11 from the field a day earlier against North Carolina State, continued to struggle by going 0 for 5 in the first half.

Virginia won the only regular-season meeting, 65-52 at home in early January.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Florida State   Virginia
David Nichols 14 Scoring De'Andre Hunter 13
Trent Forrest 3 Assists Kyle Guy 4
Christ Koumadje 9 Rebounds Jack Salt 5
Mfiondu Kabengele 3 Free Throws Made Kyle Guy 3
David Nichols 2 Steals Kyle Guy 2
Mfiondu Kabengele 2 Blocks De'Andre Hunter 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Florida State 69 56.5 6-16 11-15 10 33 3 3 13
Virginia 59 41.5 5-24 10-13 8 18 2 5 8