Michael Snaer's 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds remaining boosted No. 20 Florida State to a 48-47 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday night, capping a wild finish that kept the Seminoles in a first-place tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Florida State trailed 45-37 with 1:29 left in the game, but Virginia Tech missed five of six free throw attempts over the final 1:09 to leave the door open for Snaer's heroics from the right side of the court.
Snaer, who had made only three of his 10 previous shots, hit the winner from nearly the identical spot he produced similar heroics in Florida State's 76-73 win at Duke on Jan. 21. Ian Miller's 3 from the corner with 44 seconds left got the Seminoles within 47-45.
Virginia Tech (14-12, 3-8) had a chance to take a two-possession lead when Jarell Eddie was fouled grabbing an offensive rebound with 10.2 seconds left. But he began to cramp up. Robert Brown was selected to take the free throws and missed both.
Erick Green led Virginia Tech with 18 points and was nearly fouled as he launched a last-second desperation shot that bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
Green scored seven points that keyed a 17-0 Virginia Tech run to start the second half, and the Hokies had a 40-25 lead with 14:09 left on Brown's only field goal in the game.
Miller led Florida State (18-7, 9-2) with 11 points and Snaer had nine to help the Seminoles, who have won nine of 10 and caught North Carolina in the ACC standings. Duke went into a late game Thursday one-half game behind the Tar Heels and Seminoles.
Florida State shot 40 percent from the field. The Hokies shot just 32.7 percent in the game.