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Bacon’s Triple Lifts FSU Past No. 12 Virginia, 60-58

Keenan Hairston/FSU athletics

Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon scored 26 of his game-high 29 points in the second half on Saturday, but none were bigger than a step-back 3-pointer with two seconds remaining as the 20th-ranked Seminoles stunned No. 12 Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena, 60-58.

Bacon’s trey came just seconds after Kyle Guy had given the Cavaliers (11-2, 1-1 ACC) a 58-57 on a 3-pointer from the left corner that was beautifully assisted by London Perrantes. The shot capped a 7-1 run for Virginia after a 9-0 FSU run capped with seven straight Bacon points put the Seminoles (14-1, 2-0 ACC) up 56-51 with about two minutes remaining.

Guy finished with 14 points to lead Virginia. Perrantes, Devon Hall and Marial Shayok each finished with 10 in the loss. FSU’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes was the only player to score in double-figures with 10 points. All of them came in the first half.

Florida State started strong, racing to an early 10-2 lead. The rest of the first half was all Virginia as the Cavaliers went on a 28-11 run before taking a 30-23 advantage into the locker room.

A 3-pointer from Bacon with more than nine minutes to play in the game gave FSU its first lead of the second half at 45-44. From there, the lead changed five times before Bacon’s last-second triple decided the contest.

3-point shooting was largely the story for both teams. Virginia shot 9-for-16 from deep while FSU was 8-for-15. Six of the Seminoles’ eight triples came from Bacon, which is a new career-high.

The loss for Virginia is just the second at home in 36 ACC contests. The Seminoles are 2-0 in ACC play for the first time in four years. FSU will look to improve to 3-0 in the ACC for the first time ever as it hosts Virginia Tech next Saturday. Virginia will visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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