By David Semler
January 27, 2000
In a matchup of two surprisingly top-ranked ACC teams, Virginia took control during the final five minutes of last night's game in University Hall, earning a 86-81 victory over the Seminoles.
Clutch foul shooting, intense defense and timely scoring allowed the Cavaliers to win their fourth Conference game, matching last season's ACC victory total.
Donald Hand scored a game-high 28 points for Virginia (14-5, 4-2 ACC) while junior college transfer Stephane Dondon had a breakthrough game, coming off the bench and tallying 14 points on five of six from the floor.
"Coach has been telling me to just relax and play my game, and it did happen" last night, Dondon said.
Florida State (8-9, 3-3) led with just under five minutes remaining after Ron Hale, who posted 26 points and eight rebounds, gave the Seminoles a 69-67 lead.