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Stop on Cavs star clinches W for FSU

By JAMEY GIVENS, Times Correspondent
Published January 24, 2008


TALLAHASSEE - After watching Virginia's All-ACC guard Sean Singletary defer to his teammates for most of Wednesday night's game, Florida State point guard Toney Douglas had a feeling Singletary would call his own number with just 31 seconds left and the Cavaliers down by one.

Douglas was up to the task.

He poked the ball away from Singletary and made two free throws to give the Seminoles control of the game, and Florida State snapped its three-game losing streak with a 69-67 win over Virginia.

"I knew he was going to take over the game," Douglas said. "I just had to take on the challenge and I was ready for the challenge."

After he was intentionally fouled, he made both free throws, then Isaiah Swann made one of his two on the ensuing possession to give the Seminoles a four-point lead with 27 seconds to play.

FSU (13-8, 2-3) trailed by as many as 10 in the second half, but as it has several times this season it found a way to claw back into the game.

Ryan Reid had a steal and a block on back-to-back possessions that opened the door for the Seminoles. Jason Rich made two free throws, and Swann nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the score at 60.

"Ryan made some awful big plays down the stretch," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.

The Seminoles ran the same play four times and scored four different ways as they pulled back into the lead. It was an encouraging sign for a team that has been one or two possessions short in each of its three ACC losses.

"That was a step in the right direction," Rich said. "When we can be patient enough to execute the same play four times in a critical game, down the stretch. ... That is something that we are capable of, we just have to do more of it."

Douglas finished with six steals, and held Singletary, the Cavaliers' leading scorer, to just 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting. Rich scored 17 and Swann added 16 for Florida State.

FSU 69

Virginia 67