CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Kihei Clark scored 15, including a go-ahead layup with 59 seconds left, and Virginia ended No. 5 Florida State’s 10-game winning streak, 61-56 on Tuesday night.
Mamadi Diakite had 19 points and nine rebounds for Virginia, which has won two straight after losing four of its previous five. That stretch raised questions about whether the defending national champions would even make the NCAA Tournament.
The score was tied 11 times and neither team could get separation over the final 10 minutes. Virginia trailed 56-55 before Clark drove down the left side of the lane, reached across and banked his shot in on the right side. After Devin Vassell missed a jumper for the Seminoles, Mamadi Diakite hit a pair of free throws with 13.9 seconds left for Virginia (14-6, 6-4 ACC).
The Seminoles (17-3, 7-2) had two chances to tie it, but Wyatt Wilkes missed badly on a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Trent Forrest missed from the left corner. Braxton Key added two free throws for Virginia.
Vassell led FSU with 17 points. The loss was the Seminoles’ first since Dec. 3 at Indiana.
FSU next visits Virginia Tech at 4 Saturday.