All good things must come to an end.
Mamadi Diakite scored 19 points as Virginia snapped Florida State’s 10-game win streak, 61-56 on Tuesday night in Charlottesville, Va.
Devin Vassell scored 17 points on 7 of 15 shooting, including 3 of 8 from 3-point range. Vassell also had six rebounds.
“We depend on him,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “He made a couple timely shots for us. We just didn’t have enough of them going.”
FSU (17-3, 7-2 ACC) had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but Wyatt Wilkes missed a 3-pointer and Trent Forrest’s corner 3-pointer fell short. The Seminoles were 7 of 20 from beyond the arc on the night.
Diakite had nine rebounds and Braxton Key added nine rebounds as Virginia won the rebounding battle 37-23.
A critical play late in the game likely had an impact late on FSU. Balsa Koprivica was called for a flagrant-2 foul on Virginia’s Keion Clark. The FSU center was ejected and Clark made the free throws.
FSU shot 21 of 54 (38.9 percent) from the floor. One big positive: FSU had just seven turnovers.
The Seminoles will next play at Virginia Tech on Saturday at 4 p.m. That game will air regionally, including Fox Sports Sun and Fox Sports South. Check your local listings if you are outside of the South.