Florida St. 63, Virginia 56

Florida State held off Virginia 63-56 Saturday, but lost star

Chris Singleton with a fractured right foot.

The 6-foot-9 Singleton, the Seminoles’ top scorer and rebounder,

will have surgery Monday, coach Leonard Hamilton said.

Michael Snaer scored 16 points, including four straight free

throws in the final 20 seconds, when Florida State repelled a late

Virginia rally.

Singleton, last year’s Atlantic Coast Conference defensive

player of the year, already had 11 points when he was hurt 10

minutes into the game. He scored Florida State’s first nine points

before Xavier Gibson’s put-back with 11:36 left in the half.

Florida State (18-7, 8-3 ACC) led 34-23 at halftime on its way

to a second ACC win in less than 48 hours and fifth straight over

the Cavaliers. The Seminoles were coming off a 72-63 win Thursday

night at Georgia Tech.

Virginia (12-12, 3-7 ACC) fought back from a 16-point deficit in

the second half and pulled to within 56-53 with 1:11 left on Joe

Harris’ short running jumper.

But Bernard James’ baby hook with 37 seconds left provided

Florida State a bit of breathing room and Snaer took care of the

rest with his free-throw shooting.

Sammy Zeglinsky scored 19 points and Harris 17 for Virginia,

which lost for the fourth time in five games. The two Cavalier

snipers combined to make 9 of 20 tries from 3-point range.

But aside from Harris and Zeglinsky, the Cavaliers shot only 20

percent (6 for 30) and were beaten on the boards 40-29.

Snaer and James grabbed eight rebounds apiece for the Seminoles,

who shot 44.7 percent and the 6-10 James blocked five shots.

The Seminoles, who are after their third straight 20-win season

and third consecutive year with 10 wins in the ACC, tightened their

grip on third place. The top four regular-season finishers earn

opening-round byes in next month’s conference tournament at

Greensboro, N.C.