Cavs Hold On Against Florida State, 86-81
Jan. 26, 2000
By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Majestic Mapp scored seven points during an 11-5run when Virginia went ahead to stay Wednesday night and the Cavaliers equalledtheir ACC victory total of last year with an 86-81 defeat of Florida State.
The Cavaliers (14-5, 4-2 ACC) went ahead to stay on Mapp’s driving 6-footerwith 3:54. The freshman from New York then added a 3-pointer from the rightcorner 43 seconds later, giving Virginia a 74-69 lead, and they held on.
The Seminoles (8-9, 3-3) lost for only the second time in five years atUniversity Hall despite 26 points from Ron Hale and 19 from Damous Anderson.
Antwuan Dixon followed Mapp’s 3-pointer with a 10-footer to draw theSeminoles to within 74-71, but Donald Hand ended 2-for-9 second-half shootingfrom the line for Virginia by converting two foul shots with 2:21 to play.
After Hale’s banked-in leaner and free throw closed the gap to 76-74, TravisWatson made two more from the line for the Cavaliers. Hand and Mapp both laterconverted both ends of one-and-ones and the Seminoles couldn’t catch up.
The victory was the fifth in six games and 10th in 12 for the Cavaliers andallowed them to match their ACC victory total of last season, when they were4-12.
The Cavaliers made 12 of their last 14 free throws after the horrid start.
Hand led Virginia with 28 points and Stephane Dondon added a career-high 14.Travis Watson added 13 points and Mapp matched his career high with 12.
The Cavaliers led 46-45 after a frenetic first half that ended with Hand’srainbow 3-pointer swishing through as the horn sounded. Hand had 15 points bythe break, including 10 in the first 6:05, and Dondon already had a career-high11.
Dondon, who previous best was 9 against VMI, energized Virginia and thecrowd with seven straight points in a span of 1:37 and added a breakaway dunkoff a steal and a 10-footer during the half-ending 11-4 run that gave Virginiathe lead.