TALLAHASSEE — Michael Snaer's three-point play, which started with a left-handed runner in heavy traffic with four seconds left, lifted Florida State to a 53-51 win Thursday after Virginia had fought back from an 11-point deficit to take a late lead.
It was the fourth winner by Snaer in ACC play this season and his sixth over the past two years.
Okaro White of Clearwater led FSU (16-14, 8-9 ACC) with 17 points, and Snaer scored 14.
"I knew that I was going to make the play some way, somehow," said Snaer, who moved past Dave Cowens into 10th place on the school's all-time scoring list. He has 1,489 career points.
"He hit a tough shot," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said.
Akil Mitchell led Virginia (20-10, 10-7) with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, but he missed a layup with 21 seconds left with the Cavs leading 51-50. FSU rebounded and called timeout, setting up Snaer's winner.
Joe Harris, whose two free throws gave Virginia the lead with 1:28 left, missed a final desperation 3 after the Cavs had trouble bringing the ball upcourt.
After starting the league season with road victories over Clemson and Maryland, the Seminoles went 5-9, with three of those wins coming on Snaer's buzzer-beating baskets.
FSU's only ACC wins since January going into the game were over Georgia Tech, Boston College and Wake Forest — all teams in the bottom half of the standings along with the Seminoles.
FSU wraps up its regular season Saturday against visiting North Carolina State.