GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- It's been a season of firsts for No. 6 Virginia. The Cavaliers are savoring their latest one by sticking around the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament a little while longer than usual.
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Virginia advanced to the ACC semifinals for the first time since 1995 by pulling away to beat Florida State 64-51 in a quarterfinal Friday.
They shot 48 percent, forced 15 turnovers and earned their third double-digit victory over the Seminoles this season while winning their 14th in 15 games.
"We really just wanted to go out there and prove to everybody that we deserve to be here, we deserve the No. 1 seed," Gill said.
They shot 43 percent against one of the nation's best defenses but couldn't keep the Cavaliers off the boards when it counted most, and were denied their third victory over a top-seeded team since 2009.
A victory would have gone a long way toward propelling them back into the NCAA tournament. Instead, the Seminoles can only sweat it out until selection Sunday.
"Our record speaks for us to be on the bubble, but I think we're a great team," White said. "We had a tough time throughout the course of the season, but I think we've shown everyone we're a team that should be out there. I think we're a team that's up to the level of a lot of the teams that are going to be in the NCAA tournament, but it's hard."
Virginia established a 31-25 rebounding advantage -- 21-13 in the second half -- and finished with 17 second-chance points.
"We talk about outlasting people all the time," freshman London Perrantes said. "We know that nobody's going to want to guard us 35 seconds every time down the court, so we know that if we keep running our offense, they're going to get frustrated and we're going to get good shots."
White pulled Florida State to 61-49 with his jumper through contact with 3:25 left. But he missed the free throw and the Seminoles didn't hit another field goal the rest of the way.
Virginia advanced to face either No. 15 North Carolina, the tournament's fourth seed, or fifth-seeded Pittsburgh in the first semifinal Saturday.
That's unfamiliar territory for a Cavaliers program that hadn't reached the semifinals in nearly two decades -- the longest drought in the conference.
In matching a league record with 16 conference victories, Virginia earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament for just the second time and first since 1981.
The Cavaliers' only tournament title came in 1976 and until Friday they had won only four ACC tournament games since that last semifinal appearance -- and none since 2010.
"We've done a lot of things that we haven't done for years," Perrantes said. "So for this to happen for us now is definitely a relieving experience."
They led for all but about eight minutes of this one and were in control throughout -- even if it took a while for the scoreboard to finally reflect that.
"It's very hard to come back on a team like Virginia when they're coming down and using 30 seconds of the shot clock," White said. "You can't get down on them."
Harris, who matched the season high of 20 points against Hampton on Nov. 26, was 7 of 12 and hit at least half of his shots for the first time since a win against Maryland on Feb. 10.
"He has a good feel when to let it come and when to be assertive," ACC coach of the year Tony Bennett said. "He senses. He doesn't get it right all of the time (but) he senses when something is required of him."
Virginia pushed its lead into double figures for the first time on Gill's free throw with 13:57 left that made it 43-33.
Harris bounced in a 3-pointer four possessions later to make it 48-37, Darion Atkins followed that with a jumper and then hit two free throws to make it a 15-point game with 9:51 remaining.
Ian Miller finished with 10 points for the Seminoles.
Virginia ACC Tournament Notes (courtesy of UVa athletics)
• Virginia advanced to its first ACC semifinal since 1995 (snapping a 19-year drought, the longest in the conference), when it lost to Wake Forest
• The Cavaliers posted their first double-digit win in the ACC Tournament since a 77-67 win over Georgia Tech in the 1995 quarterfinals
• The 13-point margin of victory was the largest for Virginia in the ACC Tournament since a 17-point win (90-73) over Clemson in the 1989 quarterfinals
• Virginia posted its 26th win of the season, its most since 29 wins in 1982-83
• The Cavaliers won their 11th road/neutral game of the season, most since 11 in 1994-95
• Virginia defeated an opponent three times in a season for the first time since 2005-06 (Virginia Tech)
• The Cavaliers held their 19th straight opponent under 50% shooting
• Virginia had two double figure scorers in the first half (Gill, Harris) for the first time since Jan. 25 (vs. Virginia Tech)
• The Cavaliers scored at the first half buzzer for the eighth time this season (8-0 in those games)
• Joe Harris (20 pts) scored in double figures for the 20th time this season (89th time in his career)
• Harris tied a season high with 20 points
• It was Harris' 12th career 20-point game (second this season)
• Harris tied a season high with (four) 3-pointers
• Anthony Gill (16 pts) scored in double figures for the 12th time this season
• Gill's 16 points are his high against an ACC opponent
• Brogdon (6 pts) had his 18-game streak of double-figure scoring snapped
Virginia Career Record Book Update
• Joe Harris (1,627 pts) moved into 13th place on Virginia's all-time scoring list, passing Bob McCarty (1,625 pts, 1954-56)
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