If you wanted a relaxing New Year’s Eve (day), the Hoos had other plans in mind.
Trailing 57-55 with 22 seconds left, Virginia rebounded a missed FSU free throw and freshman Kyle Guy drained a corner 3 to put the Hoos on top with 10 seconds remaining.
But UVA’s kryptonite, Dwayne Bacon, answered with a fallaway three of his own only six seconds later. A desperation heave from London Perrantes grazed the net but fell short, and Florida State left John Paul Jones Arena with a 60-58 win.
Bacon led the Noles with 29 points—26 of them in the second half. Guy led Virginia with 14.
Virginia led at the half thanks to eight points from Marial Shayok off the bench and four blocks from Isaiah Wilkins. Virginia shot 46% from the field in the first half - including 60% from three - while the visiting team managed only 33% from the field. Seven of FSU’s 23 first-half points came from the free throw line, while Virginia didn’t attempt a single free throw.
Virginia’s ball security was terrible with 13 turnovers, including one under their own basket after holding FSU to a shot-clock violation late in the second half. The Hoos shot 45 percent from the field as well, but over 50 percent from three.
The refereeing was, interesting, to say the least. Virginia’s first free throw attempt came with 12:19 remaining...in the second half.
UVA returns to action on Wednesday with a road trip to Pitt.