Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU Seniors Victorious in Send-Off; Seminoles Break Nine-Game Losing Skid, Will Be No. 10 Seed in ACC Tournament

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU Seniors Victorious in Send-Off; Seminoles Break Nine-Game Losing Skid, Will Be No. 10 Seed in ACC Tournament

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Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union

TALLAHASSEE -- The wisdom accrued through four years of Atlantic Coast Conference play taught Florida State seniors Adam Waleskowski and Anthony Richardson that few things come easy.

It's a lesson that made the final seconds of Sunday's 68-63 victory over Virginia worth savoring.

When junior Andrew Wilson sank the third of four free-throw attempts in the final 10 seconds, FSU coach Leonard Hamilton was finally able to give his seniors the proper send-off. Pressing his hand to his ear as he exited to a standing ovation from the announced crowd of 4,797, Richardson soaked up the moment with four seconds to play.

"It could have been 12 people out there," Richardson said. "I just love to play basketball."

Snapping a nine-game losing streak -- the program's longest in 20 years -- made it all the better after the Seminoles squandered nearly all of a 20-point second-half lead.

"That's got to be something that gives you an emotional lift," Hamilton said after the 'Noles sidestepped their first 10-game losing streak in 53 seasons.

Waleskowski scored a team-high 12 points and Richardson added 11 to go with a season-high four assists as the Seminoles (12-18, 4-12) avoided a last-place finish in the ACC and the possibility of a 20-loss season.

FSU secured the No. 10 seed for Thursday's opening round of the ACC Tournament and will meet N.C. State at 2:30 p.m. at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.

"More than anything else, I'm happy for Adam and Anthony," Hamilton said. "They've been very emotional about this final [home] game."

In a case of trading places, Virginia (13-14, 4-12) inherited last place and the No. 11 tournament seed by suffering its fifth consecutive loss, now the longest in the ACC. The Cavaliers rallied feverishly back into contention behind 22 points from Devin Smith and 17 from Gary Forbes, but couldn't completely overcome a 47-27 deficit with 15:57 to play. …

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