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Men's Basketball Drops Seventh Straight Game to FSU

Despite another strong performance from freshman Jerome Robinson, who finished with 16 points, the Eagles fell 72-62 to Florida State Tuesday night. The loss marks the seventh straight for the Eagles, who remain winless in ACC play.

However, “It's interesting that this team hasn't won a game in the ACC,” said FSU coach Leonard Hamilton. “They really execute their offense very well, the young kids are improving,”

While Hamilton conceded that BC is a tough opponent, he commended his own team for boxing out and grabbing tough rebounds. FSU destroyed the Eagles on the glass, finishing with a considerable 46-28 lead in that category.

Hamilton also praised sophomore guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes for leading the Seminoles despite his individual struggles on the court. Rathan-Mayes finished 0-8 from the field, but he managed the game well, finishing with 9 assists through swinging the ball to FSU’s perimeter shooters such as Malik Beasley, who knocked down 4 threes on the night. Beasley, the star of the night, led all scorers with 22 points and gave the Eagles problems throughout the entire game.

Despite a hot first half start behind the three-point line from Jerome Robinson, AJ Turner, and Eli Carter, the Eagles remained down 37-32 to FSU at halftime. Junior forward Jarquez Smith provided a spark off the bench for FSU, putting up 13 points and 9 rebounds. Smith won his matchup against Eagles freshman Idy Diallo, who struggled to box him out, allowing Smith to get easy put backs. FSU also pushed the tempo, pressing the fast break while the Eagles struggled to get back in transition.

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The Eagles often struggled on their defensive rotations, allowing Beasley and other FSU players wide-open looks at the basket. Moreover, miscommunication on defense coupled with poor ball handling in transition made for some sloppy play, especially in the second half. With less than 4 minutes remaining in the game, Eli Carter grew sloppy. After a poor pass in transition gave the ball to FSU, Carter picked up two cheap fouls in under 10 seconds. During the next possession, Carter threw the ball away to turn it over once again.

While Coach Christian expressed his pride in his team’s effort, he blamed the loss on careless mistakes including turnovers and unnecessary fouls. With Dennis Clifford and Diallo in foul trouble early in the game, Christian was forced at times to put 6-foot-5 Garland Owens and 6-foot-2 Darryl Hicks at the four and five spots on FSU’s big men.

“The makeshift lineup makes it hard because they're not getting reps at those spots a lot, and that makes it difficult to run,” said Christian.

Turnovers and foul trouble are not new issues for the Eagles; in fact they’ve plagued the team all season. As the loss to FSU indicates, the team has yet to correct these prolonged mistakes and put together a complete game.

BC heads to Chapel Hill this Saturday to face No. 2 UNC (18-2), its first opponent in a tough three game road trip.

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