Men's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, March 1

March 1, 2012

Florida State Defeats Virginia, 63-60

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - For a team that has made a habit out of hitting game-winning 3-pointers, this was a new one for No. 22 Florida State.

Like the buzzer-beating wins over Duke and Virginia Tech, FSU's 63-60 victory at No. 24 Virginia Thursday ended the same way with a clutch long-range jumper. But on a night when the Seminoles (20-9, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) were looking to avoid their first three-game ACC losing streak since 2008, it wasn't Michael Snaer that took the final shot and Bernard James wasn't there to set a well-timed screen or celebrate with his teammates.

Instead, Ian Miller played the role of hero this time as his 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left gave the 'Noles their fourth-consecutive 20-win season and capped off an impressive comeback after it seemed like the garnet-and-gold colored wheels had fallen off following James' ejection.

Tigers Down Virginia Tech, 58-56, on Senior Night

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CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson won its eighth straight Senior Night game on Thursday as the Tigers overcame an early 10-point deficit to rally to a 58-56 victory over Virginia Tech in front of 8,735 fans at Littlejohn Coliseum. Senior guard Tanner Smith made two free throws with 2:41 to play to give Clemson the two-point advantage, and the Tiger defense held Tech scoreless over that final stretch to secure the victory. The Tigers moved to 16-13 overall, 8-7 in the ACC with the win. The loss dropped Virginia Tech to 15-15, 4-11 in conference play.

Smith was Clemson's leading scorer with 14 points, and the Alpharetta, GA native also chipped in with six rebounds and four assists in a fine all-around effort. Fellow senior Andre Young was also in double figures with 10 points, while junior Devin Booker scored 11 points off the bench. Milton Jennings had a game-high 12 rebounds as the Tigers out-rebounded the Hokies 36-30.

Clemson did not make a three-point basket for the first time since the Furman game of 2009-10, a stretch of 84 games. The Tigers shot 44 percent from the field, despite being 0-for-10 from three-point range, compared to the Hokies' 43 percent. Conversely, Virginia Tech was hot from behind the arc with an 8-for-16 clip on threes. Jarell Eddie led Virginia Tech with 15 points, while Cadarian Raines added 12.

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