March 6, 2005
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Adam Waleskowski’s 12 points led four players in
double figures Sunday as Florida State defeated Virginia 68-63 and snapped its
longest losing streak in 20 years at nine games.
Florida State (12-18, 4-12 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 32-21 at halftime
and built a 20-point lead early in the second half at 47-27, but nearly
frittered it away, making just two field goals in the last 12:12.
Virginia (13-14, 4-12) pulled to within 57-54 on Gary Forbes’ fourth
3-pointer of the second half with 2:51 left, but Florida State’s Al Thornton
answered with a running jumper underneath the basket with 2:27 left.
Two free throws by Devin Smith with 1:26 left pulled Virginia to within
61-58, but Florida State hit seven free throws in the final minute to hang on.
Smith led all scorers with 22 points to go along with a game-high 10
rebounds while Forbes added 17, all in the second half.
Florida State’s leading scorer on the season, Von Wafer, was scoreless for
the second straight game.
Both teams will play Thursday night in opening round play at the ACC
tournament in Washington.