BLACKSBURG, Va. — Florida State's Toney Douglas scored 22, including a tie-breaking runner with six seconds remaining, and then had to suffer through the game's final sequence.
Virginia Tech ran a play that found A.D. Vassallo wide open for a potential winning 3-pointer at the top of the key. But the shot bounced off the back of the rim and the Seminoles won 67-65 to take sole possession of second place in the ACC.
"They scared me on that last shot," Douglas said. "It was a great play. He probably was surprised he was wide open, that's why he missed it."
Derwin Kitchen added a career-high 19 points and Uche Echefu had 12 for the Seminoles (21-6, 8-4 ACC), who have won five of six and moved out of a four-way tie with Wake Forest, Duke and Clemson for second.
"We still have people that are still doubting us, but as long as the people in this room believe in each other, we're going to get it done," Douglas said.
The Hokies (16-10, 6-6) got 25 points from Malcolm Delaney and 15 from Vassallo. Virginia Tech has four imposing games left — at home against North Carolina and Duke, and on the road vs. Clemson and FSU.
The loss was their fifth of the season by one or two points.
"It's bad," Delaney said. "Another game we let slip away."
Coach Seth Greenberg said he couldn't blame his team for Douglas' runner in the lane.
"We knew exactly what they were going to do. The kid made a good move," Greenberg said.
Trailing 43-33, the Hokies opened the second half on a 14-2 run to take their first lead since the opening minutes. Vassallo hit two 3-pointers in the beginning of the run.
But Kitchen broke the spell with a driving basket, and the score was tied five more times, the last at 65 after Jeff Allen's putback with 37.5 seconds remaining, to set up the finish.