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 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 transfer from Alabama. “That’s his game. He’s kind of a complete player who does a little bit of everything.”
The Cavaliers (13-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who lead the nation in scoring defense (51.4), limited Florida State to just 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,” coach Tony 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 ACC). Florida State shot just 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.
(At) No. 1 Duke 87, Clemson 68: Freshman Zion Williamson had 25 points, 10 rebounds and a spectacular 360-degree dunk, and No. 1 Duke beat Clemson in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener. RJ Barrett, the ACC’s leading scorer, finished with 13 points while freshman point guard Tre Jones had 10 points and a season-best nine assists. Jack White added 12 points and Marquise Bolden had 11 for the Blue Devils (12-1, 1-0), who shot 48 percent and turned 19 Clemson turnovers into 27 points.
Marcquise Reed scored 15 points for the Tigers (10-4, 0-1), and Elijah Thomas finished with 14.
(At) No. 3 Tennessee 96, Georgia 50: Jordan Bowden scored 20 points and Tennessee opened Southeastern Conference play by trouncing Georgia for its eighth consecutive victory.
Tennessee (12-1, 1-0) recorded the most lopsided triumph in the series’ 156-game history, surpassing a 105-69 Volunteers victory on Feb. 1, 1975.
Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield scored 18 points each for Tennessee. Kyle Alexander had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Jordan Bone added 11 points.
Derek Ogbeide scored 17 points for Georgia (8-5, 0-1), which had won three in a row.
(At) Iowa State 77, No. 5 Kansas 60: Marial Shayok scored 24 points, and Iowa State routed Kansas for its fifth straight win.
Freshman Tyrese Haliburton had 14 points for the Cyclones (12-2, 2-0), who opened Big 12 play with back-to-back wins for the first time since 2015.
Quentin Grimes scored 19 points for Kansas, and Dedric Lawson had 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Jayhawks (12-2, 1-1) committed a season-high 24 turnovers.
Kansas played without big man Udoka Azubuike, who was hit on the right wrist during Friday’s practice. Coach Bill Self said about an hour before tip-off that X-rays on Azubuike’s wrist were negative, but he was in too much pain to play.
(At) New Mexico 85, No. 6 Nevada 58: Anthony Mathis scored 27 points to help New Mexico hand Nevada its first loss of the season.
High-scoring Nevada (14-1, 1-1 Mountain West) shot just 33.3 percent (19 for 57) from the field and committed 14 turnovers.
While Nevada flopped, New Mexico rolled to its most impressive win of the season.
Vance Jackson had 18 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals for the Lobos (8-6, 2-0). Makuach Maluach scored 14 points, and Carlton Bragg had nine points and 12 rebounds.
(At) No. 7 Gonzaga 91, Santa Clara 48: Rui Hachimura scored 25 points and No. 7 Gonzaga opened defense of its West Coast Conference regular-season title. Brandon Clarke added 16 points for Gonzaga (14-2) in its 18th consecutive victory over Santa Clara since 2011. Josh Perkins had six points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Gonzaga has won 23 straight WCC openers, with its last loss in 1996. The Bulldogs have won six straight WCC regular-season titles.
Keshawn Justice scored 14 points for Santa Clara (9-7, 1-1). The Broncos had won six in a row.
(At) No. 10 Virginia Tech 77, Boston College 66: Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 25 points to lead Virginia Tech to its eighth consecutive victory.
Alexander-Walker went 9 of 14 from the floor for the Hokies (13-1, 2-0 ACC), who shot 55.6 percent (15 of 27) in the second half.
Boston College (9-4, 0-1) led early in the second half, but Virginia Tech grabbed control with an 11-0 run.
Jordan Chatman paced the Eagles with 18 points. Boston College shot just 39.6 percent (19 of 48).
(At) No. 11 Texas Tech 63, Kansas State 57: Davide Moretti scored 19 points and Matt Mooney added 14 to help Texas Tech hold off Kansas State.
Barry Brown led the Wildcats with 16 points and Cartier Diarra added 11 on a day when they shot just 33 percent (19 of 57) from the field.
Kansas State (10-4, 0-2 Big 12) trailed 34-19 at halftime, but Brown knocked down a 3-pointer with 6:55 to go that pulled the Wildcats within one.
But Texas Tech (13-1, 2-0) found some offensive rhythm to pull away, despite some struggles at the free-throw line in the second half.
(At) Alabama 77, No. 13 Kentucky 75: Tevin Mack scored 22 points, and Alabama topped Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Dazon Ingram scored all 11 of his points after halftime, including some key free throws in the Crimson Tide’s fifth consecutive win.
PJ Washington scored on a dunk with 5 seconds to play and Kentucky (10-3) quickly fouled John Petty, who made one of two from the line.
Tyler Herro’s 3-point try for the win at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
Kira Lewis Jr. had 12 points for the Tide (10-3, 1-0).
Washington led the Wildcats (10-3, 0-1) with 15 points.
No. 15 North Carolina 85, (at) Pittsburgh 60: Cam Johnson scored 15 points in his homecoming, and North Carolina rolled to the road win.
Johnson, a graduate transfer from the Pittsburgh suburbs who left the Panthers in the spring of 2017, shook off the boos and hit his first three shots as the Tar Heels (11-3, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) provided the rebuilding Panthers a reminder of how far they still have to go under first-year coach Jeff Capel.
Johnson grabbed a season-high nine rebounds for North Carolina. Coby White led the Tar Heels with 22 points.
Trey McGowens scored 17 points for Pittsburgh (10-4, 0-1), which lost its 23rd straight regular-season ACC game.
(At) No. 23 Oklahoma 74, Oklahoma State 64: Kristian Doolittle had 16 points and eight rebounds, helping Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State.
Brady Manek scored 15 points and Christian James added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Sooners (12-2, 1-1 Big 12), who bounced back from a 70-63 loss at No. 5 Kansas on Wednesday.
It was another stellar defensive effort for Oklahoma. Oklahoma State, which entered the day leading the Big 12 in 3-point percentage at 39 percent, went 6 of 26 from long range. The Cowboys shot just 34 percent overall.
Thomas Dziagwa scored 16 points and Michael Weathers added 13 for Oklahoma State (6-8, 0-2).