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Seminoles Lose to BC in Final Seconds

Feb. 11, 2007

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Tyrelle Blair’s 15-foot jumper with 3.3 seconds left gave Boston College a 68-67 victory at Florida State on Sunday, keeping the unranked Eagles in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

It was the only field goal of the game for the 6-11 Blair, who also contributed six blocked shots, a half dozen rebounds and two crucial free throws down the stretch as BC rallied from a 13-point first half deficit.

Al Thornton’s 3-point jumper with 1:50 gave Florida State a 67-64 lead before Samari Spears’ two free throws with 1:12 left set up Blair’s game-winner.

BC (18-6, 9-2 ACC) took its first lead at 52-50 with 11:24 remaining on Tyrese Rice’s driving left-handed layup and upped it to 54-50 on a Spears layup for its largest lead.

Rice and Jared Dudley each scored 23 points for the Eagles, who came into the game tied for the ACC lead with fifth-ranked North Carolina, which didn’t play Sunday. Dudley also had 10 rebounds to help BC to a 39-31 advantage.

It was the second time in 19 days Boston College defeated the Seminoles on a last-second basket and the second time this season Florida State was beaten on its home court by a local high school player. Blair comes from neighboring Monticello and played at Florida High in Tallahassee while Clemson’s Cliff Hammonds, from neighboring Cairo, Ga., beat the Seminoles in January with a last-second layup.

Boston College won an earlier meeting, 85-82 Jan. 23, on Sean Marshall’s 3-point shot at the buzzer.

Florida State (17-8, 5-6) led 37-33 at the half after building an early 13-point advantage.

Ralph Mims, starting at point guard in place of the injured Toney Douglas, scored nine points in the opening seven minutes to spark a 22-9 Florida State getaway but went scoreless the rest of the game.

Thornton, who was in obvious discomfort after his spill, finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Jason Rich added 16 for the Seminoles.

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