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FSU basketball goes cold in Boston

The ’Noles have their worst shooting game of the season.

NCAA Basketball: Florida State at Boston College Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Call it dead legs. Call it a bad night. Call it a loss of focus on the road. Whatever it was, Florida State suffered through it’s worst shooting performance of the season. Every second half rally was stopped short by wide open, missed, 3s. In the end FSU had to resort to fouling, and BC made enough free throws to walk away with a 81-75 win.

FSU’s cold shooting in the first half was compounded by the fact that Boston College couldn’t miss. Funneling their juju from the win over Duke, BC made 7-12 (58%) first half 3s to take a commanding 41-25 lead.

In the 2nd half, BC’s outside shooting took a predictable nose dive (18%), which created an opportunity for FSU. But the Seminoles couldn’t make them pay. FSU made just 4-17 2nd half 3s, and could never cut the lead to less than five.

On the night, Florida State made just 5-26 from beyond the arc (19%).

Terance Mann returned from his concussion to score 21 points, and he also added eight rebounds. CJ Walker scored 19 points to go along with six assists. Braian Angola scored 17 and grabbed eight boards. Phil Cofer and Mfiondu Kabengele each had nine rebounds.

This was a quirk in ACC scheduling, which had the home team coming off a tuneup vs an awful Ivy League team, while the road team was playing 48 hours after a double overtime thriller.

Regardless, the loss drops Florida State to 13-5 (2-4). They play at Virginia Tech on Saturday.