Florida State continues ACC roll
Seminoles hold on to claim first seven-game league win streak
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Reserve Okaro White scored 13 points and Xavier Gibson added 10 points Saturday as No. 21 Florida State held off 16th-ranked Virginia 58-55 to keep a share of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with its seventh consecutive league victory.
Virginia (17-4, 4-3) climbed back from a 13-point second-half deficit, but Jontel Evans' desperation 30-footer didn't get off in time before the final buzzer -- it bounced off the rim anyway. Virginia's four losses this season have come by a total of 10 points.
Mike Scott and Joe Harris led the Cavaliers with 16 points apiece. Scott also had a game-high 11 rebounds.
It's the first time that Florida State (16-6, 7-1) has won seven consecutive games in ACC play since joining the league in 1991-92.
Virginia got the ball back with 34 seconds left and down three, but Harris missed a 3 and Deividas Dulkys was fouled on the rebound and sank the first of two shots to give Florida State a 56-52 lead with 14 seconds left.
Jeff Peterson added two free throws with seven seconds left to make it 58-52, but Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon countered with a 3 to make it 58-55.
For a while in the second half it looked like the Seminoles would pull away.
But Virginia climbed back into the game with a 14-0 run capped by Evans layup off a steal that gave the Cavaliers 45-44 lead with 4:41 left after Florida State had opened a 13-point advantage twice earlier.
Michael Snaer's first basket of the game, a 3-pointer from the corner, put the Seminoles back into the lead at 47-45 and Luke Loucks followed with a driving layup seconds later to make it 49-45. Snaer added another 3 and a layup down the stretch and finished with eight points.
It was a defensive battle from the opening tip with Scott and Harris combining for Virginia's first 17 points before Sammy Zeglinski's 3 got the Cavaliers to within 21-20 with 3:26 left in the half.
Scott hit four consecutive free throws in a 10-second span to tie the score at 17 after a flagrant foul was called on Florida State's Xavier Gibson.
Florida State, which led 23-22 at halftime, had its biggest lead in the first half at 17-10.
The Seminoles have now won six consecutive against Virginia, which hasn't won in the series since the 2007 and is winless in Tallahassee since 2001.