Louisville leaps FSU, draws Virginia in ACC quarterfinals

Xavier guard Quentin Goodin shoots against De Paul center Marin Maric during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday

Laying off the dizzy-whiz stuff, passing the ball, getting eight rebounds and two assists, taking what the defense gives him, winding up with 15 points.

Eight-seeded FSU fell to 20-11.

FSU basketball is leaving the ACC Tournament just as fast as they got there with a 82-74 loss against the Louisville Cardinals.

The Cardinals hit runs of 11-0 and 9-0 in the last 11 minutes of the first half and built a 41-22 halftime lead with Snider and Dwayne Sutton scored five points in each run. About noon Wednesday, Louisville was trending downward, having lost seven of its last 10, including the inexplicable last-second loss at home to #1 Virginia that seemed to foretell NIT and not NCAA as the program's postseason destination. The abysmal first half was just too much to overcome, though, as the Cardinals advanced to play No. 1 Virginia in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

It was the second defeat against Louisville this season and the game wasn't as close as the final score indicated.

Senior Anas Mahmoud recorded one of his five blocks with 1:04 to play, but FSU grabbed the rebound. Snider also dished out a game-high matching six assists, the 19th time this season he has registered four-or-more assists in a game. The Trinity grad finished with 18 points.

The Cardinals' Deng Adel (15 points) now has 29 double-figure scoring games for the season and 55 for his career ...

Louisville's lead swelled to 19 going into the half. The second half was a different story: attacking the lane with dribble drives, UVA got better looks, and shot 55.7 percent from the floor, and was 4-of-6 from three.

PJ Savoy and Phil Cofer each connected on three 3-point shots in the second-half as the Seminoles pulled as close as six points after trailing by 26 with 11:35 to play.

Snider, playing like time is running out on his collegiate career, playing with authority, trusting his 3-point shot, leading the way. Mann leads in rebounds with 5.7 while Angola tops Trent Forrest tops in assists with 3.9 per game.

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