Feb. 4, 1998
Virginia Drops Fifth Straight Game
Cavs lose to FSU, 71-63
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - LaMarr Greer scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half Wednesday night, and Florida State survived a sloppy second half by both teams in its 71-63 victory against Virginia.
Florida State (16-7, 6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) also got 17 points from Terrell Baker and 12 from Randell Jackson in winning for the fourth time in its last five ACC games. The Seminoles shot 54.2 percent overall.
Virginia (10-13, 2-8) lost its fifth straight to fall further into the ACC basement despite 26 points by Norman Nolan and 16 by Curtis Staples.
Leading 43-36 after Greer's 3-pointer with 16:06 left, Florida State went 6:35 without a basket but never gave up its lead. And when Virginia finally drew even at 45-all on Staples' third 3-pointer, the Cavaliers went stone cold for the next 5 1/2 minutes, allowing the Seminoles to gain control again.
Virginia drew to within 49-47 on Nolan's two free throws with 7:04 to play, but Corey Louis scored on a putback, and Jackson added a basket to boost it back to six, and the Cavaliers couldn't get closer than four again.
Louis finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Staples' game-tying shot was his 379th career 3-pointer, moving him past Ronnie Schmitz of Missouri-Kansas City for third place on the NCAA's career list. The senior guard added another with 43 seconds left, giving him 380 for his career, 29 behind career-leader Keith Veney of Lamar and Marshall.
The Seminoles, taller and quicker than Virginia, closed the first half with a 9-2 run to take a 36-28 halftime lead. Florida State shot 68 percent in the half, making most of its 17 field goals from within 5 feet.
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