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Shocker in Charlotte! FSU knocks off No. 2 UVa, advances to ACC title game

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Box Score: FSU 69, Virginia 59

Down goes Virginia!

The Florida State men's basketball team, which was blown out by the No. 2 Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va., at the start of ACC play, showed just how far it has come Friday night in the ACC Tournament semifinals.

With a sterling performance at both ends of the floor, the Seminoles opened up a 13-point lead midway through the second half and held on for a 69-59 upset of the No. 1-seeded Cavs.

The win sends the No. 12-ranked Seminoles (27-6) back to the championship game of the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2012. They will play the No. 3 seed Duke, which knocked off No. 2 seed North Carolina late Friday, 74-73.

Before Friday, Virginia (29-3) had lost just twice all season -- both times to Duke.

FSU was led Friday by senior point guard David Nichols, who scored 14 points off the bench. The Seminoles also got 11 from senior Phil Cofer and 10 from junior Trent Forrest.

FSU held Virginia star Kyle Guy to 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting.

FSU controlled the game the entire way, leading by as many as 10 points in the first half and 35-31 at halftime.

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