FSU tops Virginia in OT


Published: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Al Thornton scored 21 points and Alexander Johnson had 16 Wednesday night and Florida State won for just the second time in its last 34 Atlantic Coast Conference road games, beating Virginia 87-82 in overtime.
The Seminoles (11-2, 2-1 ACC) scored the last five points in regulation to tie it at 77, then added five of the first six in overtime. Virginia didn't get a basket in the overtime until just 35.8 seconds remained, and they never did catch up.
Ralph Mims, a 94 percent free throw shooter for the Seminoles, hit a pair with 10.7 seconds left to give Florida State an 85-82 lead, and Thornton got a hand on J.R. Reynolds' 3-point try in the final seconds to preserve the Seminoles' victory.
The Cavaliers (7-6, 1-2), who started the game with only eight recruited scholarship players available, finished with five. Post players Jason Cain, Tunji Soroye and Laurynas Mikalauskas fouled out against the the bigger, physical Seminoles.
  • NO. 1 DUKE 76, NO. 23 MARYLAND 52: Shelden Williams got his first career triple-double and J.J. Redick scored 27 points, helping No. 1 Duke snap a three-game losing streak to No. 23 Maryland with a dominating win.
    Williams had 19 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks for the Blue Devils (15-0, 3-0 ACC), who scored the game's first seven points and led 45-22 at halftime. They held the Terrapins (11-4, 1-2) to 29 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes while forcing 18 of Maryland's season-high 29 turnovers.
    Chris McCray had 12 points for the Terrapins, who lost their second in a row.
  • NO. 3 VILLANOVA 84, RUTGERS 78, OT: Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 28 points and Randy Foye added 24 as No. 3 Villanova (11-1, 2-1 Big East) rebounded from its first loss of the season with an overtime win over Rutgers (11-4, 1-1).
  • NO. 5 MEMPHIS 77, EAST CAROLINA 67: Rodney Carney hit six 3-pointers and scored 27 points to lead No. 5 Memphis past East Carolina in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
    Shawne Williams added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Tigers (14-2), who have won all four meetings in the series.
    Corey Rouse had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Pirates (6-8).
  • NO. 14 MICHIGAN ST. 87, NO. 9 INDIANA 73:
    Maurice Ager scored 28 points and Paul Davis had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 14 Michigan State to its first Big Ten win over Indiana (10-3, 2-1).
    The Spartans (13-4, 1-2) bounced back from two straight double-digit losses because Ager and Davis were tough to stop after struggling in those setbacks. Ager and Davis combined for 34 points in the games at No. 7 Illinois and No. 21 Wisconsin.
  • NO. 16 WEST VIRGINIA 68, GEORGETOWN 61:
    Kevin Pittsnogle scored 23 points and No. 16 West Virginia (11-3, 3-0) beat Georgetown (10-3, 2-1) for the school's best start in the Big East.
  • NO. 17 GEORGE WASHINGTON 69, SAINT LOUIS 64, OT:
    Danilo Pinnock had 19 points, seven in overtime, and 12 rebounds for George Washington (11-1, 2-0 Atlantic 10).
    The Colonials rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit, then blew an eight-point lead before forcing overtime on Omar Williams' layup with 22 seconds left. Danny Brown of Saint Louis had a chance to tie, but his 3-point attempt slipped out of his hands at the regulation buzzer.
  • NO. 19 OHIO ST. 80, PURDUE 64: J.J. Sullinger scored 17 points and Je'Kel Foster tied his career high with six steals Wednesday night as No. 19 Ohio State (12-1, 2-1 Big Ten) beat Purdue (6-8, 0-3).
    The Buckeyes built a 14-point halftime lead, forced four turnovers by Purdue in the first 2 minutes of the second half and led by as many as 25 points midway through the period. The Boilermakers, hurt by mistakes the whole game, never came closer than 16 points the rest of the way.
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