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FSU’s streak snapped at Virginia

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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.

Comments

  1. Bob Ferrante Reply

    Looking at the ACC standings, only five teams are above .500. The FSU-Duke matchup in Durham on Feb. 10 is a big one as far as the ACC race but also for NCAA Tournament seeding.

    Louisville 8-1
    FSU 7-2
    Duke 7-2
    Virginia 6-4
    Syracuse 6-4

  2. Dan Densmore Reply

    The best thing about Hamilton’s teams is that they are literally in every game. Just need to get a W over the other Virginia team this weekend.

    • Jerry Kutz Reply

      I had a conversation with Russel Cotton about Ham’s teams and he made the point that Ham’s committee approach is a big factor. It is amazing how Ham has been able to recruit all these 4 and 5 star players and keep them highly motivated when they may only play 12 minutes a game and score 6 or 8 points. Very unslefish culture. We’re in all these games, and have won 90 percent of games decided by 3 or fewer points because he has so many pieces he can plug and play, like Wilkes, Polite, etc., who have fresh legs and positive attitudes.

  3. Dan Densmore Reply

    Yea and they are getting a total “baller” with Barnes next year. I think this team with some luck and health (unlike the end of last year) will be in the Final Four. Just need to get a win Saturday. Friggin ridiculous I can’t watch the game because Comcast and the ACC haven’t reached an agreement. I do like listening to Gene though.

  4. David Slaton Reply

    Hamilton wins almost all the close games. Not this time but the odds say he win the next close one.

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