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Virginia falls in nail-biter to No. 9 Florida State, drops third straight

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Virginia falls in nail-biter to No. 9 Florida State, drops third straight

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Devin Vassell scored 18 points, including a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws in the final seconds, and No. 9 Florida State won its eighth straight game, 54-50 over Virginia on Wednesday night.

Anthony Polite came off the bench to drill four 3-pointers for the Seminoles (15-2, 5-1 ACC), who have won 15 of their last 16.

Mamadi Diakite scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting for Virginia (11-5, 3-3), which turned it over 18 times and made just 21 shots from the floor. Tomas Woldetensae was 3 of 4 from 3-point range but the rest of the Cavaliers were 0 for 11 from beyond the arc.

Virginia, the defending national champion, has lost three straight games.

Trent Forrest had five points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals for FSU. The Seminoles had 10 steals and five blocks.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers were undone by their own mistakes as they made 12 shots from the floor but had 11 turnovers in the first half alone.

Florida State: The Seminoles have defeated three ranked teams -- then-No. 6 Florida, then-No. 7 Louisville and then No. 16-Tennessee. Virginia fell out of the rankings this week.

UP NEXT

Virginia: At Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Florida State: At Miami on Saturday.

Omer Yurtseven's double-double leads Hoyas over No. 25 Creighton

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Omer Yurtseven's double-double leads Hoyas over No. 25 Creighton

WASHINGTON -- Omer Yurtseven had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Mac McClung scored 19 points and Georgetown beat No. 25 Creighton 83-80 on Wednesday night.

The Hoyas (12-6, 2-3 Big East) went on a 13-2 run early in the second half and never looked back as coach Patrick Ewing picked up his first win over the Bluejays in five tries.

Georgetown, a three-point favorite, snapped a five-game losing streak to Creighton and beat a ranked opponent for the second time this season.

Marcus Zegarowski led the Bluejays (13-5, 2-3) with 20 points while Denzel Mahoney added 19 off the bench. Creighton lost for the first time this season when scoring at least 70 points (12-1).

Creighton trailed by as many as nine at 70-61 but used an 8-0 run capped off by Mitch Ballock's 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 70-69.

Georgetown held a 41-29 advantage on the glass to make up for a big difference in 3-point shooting. Creighton made 13 of 32 shots from deep while the Hoyas were just 5 for 15. Zegarowski only connected from deep, making 6 of 11 3-pointers and finishing 6 for 15 overall.

Yursteven had his ninth double-double of the season.

Jagan Mosely added 13 points while Jahvon Blair had 12 for Georgetown.

BIG PICTURE

Creighton: Ranked for the first time since also appearing at No. 25 on Jan. 8, 2017, the Bluejays trailed for most of the second half in falling to under .500 in the conference. Their stay in the AP Top 25 could be short.

Georgetown: The Hoyas have won both conference games at home while scoring more than 80 points and have lost all three on the road while scoring less than 70.

UP NEXT

Creighton: Returns home to host Providence on Saturday. The Bluejays swept the Friars last season, including a 76-70 overtime win in Omaha.

Georgetown: The Hoyas host Marquette on Saturday in their annual Gray Out game. The two schools split their series last season with both winning on the other team's home court.

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George Mason loses senior Justin Kier to another foot injury

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George Mason loses senior Justin Kier to another foot injury

George Mason's Justin Kier has reinjured a stress fracture in his right foot that will cause him to miss another significant chunk of the season. 

The injury could be season-ending, but the best-case scenario for the Patriots' lone senior is to be able to return in early March, according to Steven Goff of the Washington Post. It will force the guard to have surgery to repair the injury.

Kier, the team's leading scorer last season, already missed the first portion of the year. The first stress fracture, which occurred in the offseason, sidelined Kier for the first six games of the year. He missed an additional game in December for an unrelated injury. 

Coming back from the initial setback, Kier was slowly reintroduced into a young George Mason squad that has climbed to a 12-4 record on the year. The past two games saw Kier start for the first time this season, missing only three minutes of action combined and averaging 14.5 points on 50% shooting and 45% from 3-point range. 

“I am absolutely heartbroken for Justin,” head coach Dave Paulsen said in a release. “In my 26 years as a head coach, I have never had a better leader or teammate. … To reinjure his foot at this time doesn’t seem fair. Everyone involved with our program will support and encourage Justin as he attacks yet another comeback.”

Up until this season, Kier had not missed a single game in his George Mason career. He was named a starter as a freshman and has climbed to 27th on the program's all-time scoring list. There is a chance that he has played his final minutes in the Green and Gold.

While the Patriots are 6-1 without Kier, this will hinder the team's chances in the Atlantic 10. All those games - minus their loss to Maryland - were only classified as Quadrant 3 and 4 games. In the preseason, they were selected to finish ninth in the conference.  

George Mason plays George Washington on Wednesday night for their first conference game without Kier. 

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