The first half of this game was a disaster. Florida State turned the ball over on seven of the first ten possessions, and on the other end watched junior Olivier Hanlan score 11 of BC's first 13 points, on their way to a 13-4 lead. Phil Cofer came up big and kept FSU within shouting distance, scoring the Noles first six points. From there, FSU used two 3s from Devon Bookert and another from Xavier Rathan-Mayes to make a run and take their first lead of the game, 25-23. But FSU couldn't get out of their own way, and Eagles went on a 9-2 run to end the half at 32-27.
In the first half XRM shot 1-8, Montay failed to score and turned the ball over four times, and the trio of Michael Ojo, Boris Bojanovsky, and Kiel Turpin attempted a total of one shot against the soft interior of BC's defense.
The 2nd half, however, was a different story.
FSU only turned the ball over five times in the second half. XRM did a better job against BC's physical guards, and the Noles knocked down shots. Florida State made 5-6 2nd half threes, and the defense forced Hanlan into just 2-7 shooting. With Boston College up 48-45 with 10:15 left, Boris Bojanovsky forced a turnover 30 feet from the basket, and from there it was all FSU. The Noles would outscore BC 24-12 down the stretch, and that included missing seven free throws. The game changer was Robbie Berwick coming off the bench to knock down two 3s in the span of four possessions.
The win improved FSU's record to 7-7 in conference play, with four games to go.
Devon Bookert made 4-5 3s and led FSU with 18 points. XRM had 13 points and five assists, and Phil Cofer just missed a double double with 13 points and nine boards. Montay Brandon had nine points, nine rebounds, and four assists.
FSU now travels to face No. 2 Virginia on Sunday.