Behind the usual suspects – freshmen Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley – Florida State (13-7, 3-5) picked up its fourth straight win over Boston College (7-13, 0-7) Tuesday night at the Silvio O. Conte Forum, defeating the Eagles, 72-62.In a league as competitive as the Atlantic Coast Conference, every game has the potential to be a momentum-building win or a significant setback.
With both teams desperately needing a conference win, Florida State was able to outrun the Eagles en route to its third ACC win, second on the road, of the season.
Beasley, the fourth-leading scorer in the ACC, came out firing and connected on his first two attempts from outside the arc.
He finished the first half with 13 points, three-of-five from three-point range. He finished with a game-high 22 points and five rebounds to lead the Seminoles.
This was Beasley’s eighth game of 20 points-or-more points this season.
Bacon appears to be rounding out his game as well, pulling down a career-high 14 rebounds along with 12 points to help the Seminole backcourt outrace the Eagles. Bacon combined his usual driving ability in the lane with an off-the-ball hustle to put together a double-double.
For much of the game, coach Leonard Hamilton countered BC’s smaller, quicker guards with the four-guard lineup that the Seminoles have used throughout the season, with 6-foot-9 [T2] Jarquez Smith playing at the “five.”
Initially, however, the Noles had trouble getting going against the ACC’s lowest-scoring team. By the end of the first half, Smith was able to put it together against the smaller BC frontcourt and finished the half with two dunks (11 total points) as the Seminoles closed out with a 37-32 lead at halftime. Smith finished the game with 13 points and nine rebounds in 27 minutes.
The young Seminoles were able to push the game at their trademark pace, one of the fastest in the conference, while Boston College, the slowest in the league, was forced to keep up. The Noles were able to get to the line 25 times and make 21 attempts, good for 84 percent from the stripe.
Boston College only got to the line nine times and made a mere 22 percent of them.
Due to some turnovers and inefficient shooting early on from FSU, the Eagles were able lead for much of the first half. The quick pace of the Seminoles later wore down the BC, and FSU was able to go into the half with a lead. The Seminoles did not relinquish that lead for the rest of the contest.
The Eagle offense runs through fifth-year senior guard Eli Carter, who scored 16 points and dished eight assists. Fellow guard Jerome Robinson added 15 points.
Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes channeled his inner point guard, deferring to the freshmen in the scoring column but contributing nine assists and five boards as he grows in his role as a facilitator on offense.
Next up, the Seminoles face the Clemson Tigers at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center. The game will be broadcast on Saturday, Jan. 30 at noon. on RSN. The game can also be viewed on ESPN3.