The Virginia basketball team suffered their second loss of the season against the Florida State Seminoles by a final score of 58-60. It was led by rising sophomore star Dwayne Bacon who scored a career high 29 points on 11-18 shooting. Bacon made the most clutch shot of the night, hitting a go ahead three pointer with two seconds remaining, stunning the home crowd who has seen Virginia win 25 of its last 26 conference games at home. He was the first visiting player to score more than 25 points in a game at Virginia since Oakland’s Kay Felder on Dec, 30, 2015.
Virginia struggled to contained Bacon all night as he was able to shoot 67% on three pointers and was able to penetrate the signature Virginia packline defense. As a team, Florida State was on fire from three as they shot 53.3%, causing havoc for the #1 defense in the nation. One of the prime reasons Florida State was able to shoot well was because of its ability to create second chance opportunities as they were able to grab 12 offensive rebounds compared to Virginia’s six offensive rebounds.
On the offensive side, Virginia played fantastic, as four players scored in double figures. As a team, their strength was in their three-point shooting as they shot 56.3% with freshman guard Kyle Guy leading the pack hitting four of seven three pointers. Senior point guard London Perrantes had his usual stat line, scoring ten points with four assists, shooting about 50%. The bench carried a strong load for Virginia, scoring 31 of their 58 points and bringing down 11 rebounds. Despite the hot shooting, Virginia was unable to knock down timely shots in the waning minutes of the game, showing similar resemblance to their performance in their loss to non-conference foe West Virginia.
Though Virginia has taken its second home loss this season, this team has shown the ability to beat prominent and tough teams on the road, beating both California and Louisville. Virginia has to maintain its defensive footprint as it continues to trudge along its tough ACC conference with its next game on the road against Pittsburgh, who is currently 11-3. Virginia has to find ways to begin closing out close games and knocking down the timely shots that ranked teams should make with ease. With its veteran leadership in star point guard London Perrantes and well-respected coach Tony Bennett, this team will begin to start flashing the brilliance that Virginia is known to represent.