GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Justin Anderson came back for No. 3 Virginia, and Florida State threatened a comeback of its own.
Then Malcolm Brogdon helped the Cavaliers put away the victory.
Brogdon scored all 10 of his points in the final nine minutes of Virginia’s 58-44 victory over the Seminoles on Thursday in an Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinal.
“Malcolm is wired to be aggressive, and I want him to be aggressive,” coach Tony Bennett said.
Mike Tobey and Evan Nolte had 11 points apiece, with Nolte making three 3-pointers, for the top-seeded and defending tournament champion Cavaliers (29-2).
They never trailed, led by 17 and shot 47.5 percent in earning a return trip to the semifinals.
They also welcomed Anderson from injury. The key guard had missed eight games after breaking his finger and then undergoing an appendectomy.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 13 points to lead the ninth-seeded Seminoles (17-16). They hit just one field goal during the final 7 minutes and were denied their third semifinal appearance since 2009.
“We dug a hole for ourselves,” coach Leonard Hamilton said. “Whenever you give a team of that caliber that working margin, obviously, you put yourself in a very difficult situation.”
Still, Florida State twice made it a five-point game in the second half, the last coming on Rathan-Mayes’ layup with just over 7 minutes remaining.
Tobey countered with a dunk two possessions later, and at the other end Florida State’s Montay Brandon was called for an offensive foul that incensed Hamilton — who was hit with a technical foul by official Sean Hull, but later said he didn’t think the call affected the outcome.
Brogdon hit both free throws to put the Cavaliers up 48-39 with 5:29 remaining. He then added two more free throws before his jumper with about 2
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