Center Chris Washburn scored 15 points and freshman Walker Lambiotte had 10 -- including six in a key second-half stretch -- to give North Carolina State a 55-53 Atlantic Coast Conference basketball victory over Virginia today, ending the Cavaliers' five-game winning streak.
The Wolfpack held Virginia to four points in the final six minutes. Before that, Olden Polynice gave the Cavaliers a 47-42 lead on a dunk -- and his final field goal -- with 7:32 remaining.
But the play of Washburn and Lambiotte and free throws from reserve center Panagiotis Fasoulas began the Wolfpack's turnaround over the next three minutes.
Fasoulas hit the front end of a one-and-one and seconds later Washburn stole the ball and drove the length of the court for a thundering dunk to cut the margin to 47-45 with seven minutes to go.
Lambiotte made a 15-foot field goal with 6:28 to go between two free throws by Polynice. About one minute later, Lambiotte tied the game at 49.
"I felt (Lambiotte's) offensive potential was what we needed at that point," said N.C. State Coach Jim Valvano. "The kid can shoot; he can take it to the hole. I had some questions (because he was a freshman) whether or not he would do it in that big a game. But he hit the shot and drove inside."
Fasoulas made the first shot of another one-and-one with 4:37 to go to give the Wolfpack the lead for good at 50-49. After another score by Lambiotte, Virginia's Andrew Kennedy made an eight-foot jump shot to bring the Cavaliers to 52-51 with 1:39 to go.
But a free throw by Fasoulas and two by guard Ernie Myers gave the Wolfpack its largest lead of the game at 55-51 with 31 seconds to go. Virginia missed two field-goal attempts down the stretch before guard Mel Kennedy made the final shot of the game with one second to go.
Virginia Coach Terry Holland said the two-minute stretch when Lambiotte took over the Wolfpack offense was Virginia's downfall.
"I think that stretch there really hurt us because we could have at least played great defense even though we weren't playing well at the offensive end of the floor," he said.
The victory -- North Carolina State's fourth straight, all in the ACC -- gave the Wolfpack a 13-5 overall record and a 5-2 conference mark.
Virginia dropped to 13-5 overall and 3-3 in the league. Polynice scored 22 points and Mel Kennedy 16 for the Cavaliers.
In the first half, neither team led by more than four points. North Carolina State led by 26-25 at halftime.
In the second half, the Wolfpack extended its lead to 32-29 when Myers sank two free throws with 17:13 to go.