For another weekend at least Florida State remains tied for 1st place in the ACC. In their most impressive conference performance of the year Florida State dominated Boston College for the final 15 minutes to win 67-51. BC, with starting G Biko Paris out with an illness, was effective at slowing the game down but the results weren’t what head coach Steve Donahue was looking for. Florida State averaged 1.17 points per possession, which in a conference game is Duke level offense. Meanwhile the BC's offense sputtered. No other ACC team has even come close to limiting the explosive Eagle team to less than a point per possession, but tonight they were held to 51 in a 57 possession game. Teams don’t win 12 or 13 conference games by playing everyone close, and FSU proved that the NC State game wasn’t a fluke, and that they could produce enough offense to win games comfortably.
Derwin Kitchen led four Seminole players in double figures with 16 points on 6-7 shooting. Not only is 16 points on just 7 shots ridiculously efficient, but he also added 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Bernard James scored 12 points and added 7 boards and 4 blocks. He’s now shooting 78% in conference play. Michael Snaer (13) and Okaro White (11) were the other players in double figures.
BC stayed in the game due to 14 1st half points by senior Joe Trapani. However, he was held in check in the 2nd half, and no one else was able to step up due to the swarming Seminole defense. The announcers spent 2 hours raving about the defense, and with good reason. Electric guard Reggie Jackson was held to 13 points on 13 shots, and the Eagle team shot 35% from the field.
Now the Seminoles enter a stretch where they play 5 of 7 games on the road (though 2 of those games are against Wake Forest). For now we have a week to prepare for our next game which is a road tilt at Clemson.