Thornton's 30 not enough to avoid another 'L'

Seminoles lose fourth in a row as Virginia hands them a 73-70 defeat.

Despite 30 points and 16 rebounds by senior forward Al Thornton, Florida State couldn't pull out another close ballgame as they lost to Virginia 73-70 Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.

After defeating Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Seminoles (17-10, 5-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) have dropped four straight league matchups.

Junior guard Isaiah Swann added 13 points for FSU.

The Cavaliers (18-7, 9-3 ACC), who are now in a first-place tie with Boston College in the Atantic Coast Conference. UVA was paced by Adrian Joseph's 17 points. He hit two late 3-pointers to keep the Tribe at bay.

Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds had 19 and 17 points, respectively, for Virginia, who had lost four straight games against FSU prior to the showdown.

In contrast, Seminoles starting guards Jason Rich and Ralph Mims combined for just five points.

FSU's NCAA Tournament hopes took another hit with the loss. The 'Noles head to Maryland this Wednesday before returning home to face NC State Saturday. They travel to Miami in early March to cap off the regular season.

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