Virginia Edges Florida State, 73-70
Feb. 17, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -Adrian Joseph scored 17 points and hit two big second-half 3-pointers, leading Virginia to a 73-70 victory Saturday against Florida State and moving the Cavaliers into a first-place tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Cavaliers (18-7, 9-3) are tied with No. 21 Boston College, which was hosting No. 4 North Carolina in a night game. Virginia began the day tied with the Tar Heels and Virginia Tech for second. The Hokies play at North Carolina State on Sunday.
Florida State (17-10, 5-8) lost its fourth in a row and for the first time in its last four games against the Cavaliers despite 30 points and 16 rebounds by Al Thornton.
Joseph was a big reason why, providing the third scoring option Virginia has sorely needed in many of its losses. He hit his fourth 3-pointer with 6:18 left, giving Virginia a 61-57 lead, then hit his fifth with 4:07 to play, making it 65-60.
Each time, baskets by Thornton had cut into Virginia’s lead.
Joseph’s last 3-pointer sparked a 7-2 run that all but sealed it.
The Cavaliers seemed poised to pull away when Singletary scored eight quick points in the second half and Virginia took a 44-32 lead, but Florida State always rallied.
Thornton’s dunk started a 13-2 run that pulled the Seminoles within 46-45, and when the Cavaliers went back ahead 57-51, he scored on a baby hook and a putback in a 6-2 spurt that again got them within 58-57 with 6:32 left, but Joseph answered twice.
Isaiah Swann added 13 points for Florida State.
Virginia never trailed after its first basket and led 34-28 at halftime after closing the half with an 8-2 run. Joseph and Singletary had 3-pointers in the burst.
Joseph finished 5-for-7 on 3-pointers, and Virginia was 12-for-26.