CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Sophomore Dwayne Bacon tallied a career-high 29 points by converting 6-of-9 3-pointers—including the game-winner—as 20th-ranked Florida State posted a 60-58 victory over 11th-ranked Virginia on Saturday afternoon. The win moves the Seminoles to 14-1 for the first time in program history, extends the current winning streak to 13 straight and maintains a perfect 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference record.
Bacon put the Seminoles in front 56-51 with a 3-pointer at the 2:07 remaining in the contest, but Virginia (11-2, 1-1 ACC) answered with a layup by Isaiah Wilkins that sliced the deficit to three just over a minute later. Jonathan Isaac converted a block and went 1-of-2 from the free throw line to give Florida State a 57-53 advantage with 25 seconds remaining.
The Cavaliers used two free throws by Devon Hall and a 3-pointer off the hand of Kyle Guy to score the next five unanswered, assuming a 58-57 lead with 10 seconds remaining. Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton turned to the hot-handed Bacon, who came through with a clutch 3-pointer with four seconds remaining in the game as the Seminoles improved to 4-0 on the road this season.
Joining Bacon in double-digit scoring was Xavier Rathan-Mayes who contributed 10 points by virtue of hitting 2-of-5 from the floor and 5-of-6 at the free throw line. Among other significant offensive contributors included Terance Mann (six points), Phil Cofer (five) and Isaac (five). Florida State was a collective 20-of-49 (40.8%) from the floor, hitting eight 3-pointers in the process, hitting 13-of-29 (46.4%) from the field in the second half.
Isaac controlled glass with a game-high nine rebounds as he pulled down three offensive rebounds. Fifth-year senior Michael Ojo added six rebounds, while Cofer and Rathan-Mayes hauled in four each to give the Seminoles a 35-34 advantage in rebounding.