January 26, 2000 - by
‘Noles Fall To Virginia, 86-81

Jan. 26, 2000




Box Score


By HANK KURZ Jr.

AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Majestic Mapp scored seven points during an 11-5
run when Virginia went ahead to stay Wednesday night and the Cavaliers equalled
their 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-footer
with 3:54. The freshman from New York then added a 3-pointer from the right
corner 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 at
University 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 the
Seminoles to within 74-71, but Donald Hand ended 2-for-9 second-half shooting
from 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, Travis
Watson made two more from the line for the Cavaliers. Hand and Mapp both later
converted 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 and
allowed them to match their ACC victory total of last season, when they were
4-12.

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’s
rainbow 3-pointer swishing through as the horn sounded. Hand had 15 points by
the break, including 10 in the first 6:05, and Dondon already had a career-high
11.

Dondon, who previous best was 9 against VMI, energized Virginia and the
crowd with seven straight points in a span of 1:37 and added a breakaway dunk
off a steal and a 10-footer during the half-ending 11-4 run that gave Virginia
the lead.

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