Florida State's Michael Snaer may have burst Virginia's NCAA Tournament bubble Thursday night in Tallahassee.
Snaer hit a go-ahead lay-up and drew a foul with five seconds left, giving Florida State a 53-51 win over the Cavaliers. Virginia's Joe Harris lost possession before he was able to get a potential game-winning three-pointer off, sealing the loss.
Virginia drops to 20-10 (10-7 in the ACC) with the loss, its second in a row on the road since last Thursday's upset of No. 3 Duke at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers are in fifth place in the ACC standings -- one game behind NC State -- with only Sunday's home game against Maryland remaining on the schedule.
The Cavaliers trailed by 11 points with less than six minutes to play, but used a 13-3 run to take the lead, capped by a pair of Harris free throws with 1:28 to play. The two teams exchanged misses on consecutive possessions before Snaer's driving lay-up fell, and he was fouled by Harris.
Akil Mitchell led Virginia with 15 points in the loss. Harris finished with 13, and freshman Mike Tobey added 12 off the bench.
Florida State's Orakpo White led all scorers with 17 points.