TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Adam Waleskowski's 12 points led four
players in double figures Sunday as Florida State defeated Virginia
68-63 and snapped its longest losing streak in 20 years at nine
Florida State (12-18, 4-12 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 32-21
at halftime and built a 20-point lead early in the second half at
47-27, but nearly frittered it away, making just two field goals in
the last 12:12.
Virginia (13-14, 4-12) pulled to within 57-54 on Gary Forbes'
fourth 3-pointer of the second half with 2:51 left, but Florida
State's Al Thornton answered with a running jumper underneath the
basket with 2:27 left.
Two free throws by Devin Smith with 1:26 left pulled Virginia to
within 61-58, but Florida State hit seven free throws in the final
minute to hang on.
Smith led all scorers with 22 points to go along with a
game-high 10 rebounds while Forbes added 17, all in the second
Florida State's leading scorer on the season, Von Wafer, was
scoreless for the second straight game.
Both teams will play Thursday night in opening round play at the
ACC tournament in Washington.