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Men's Basketball Loses to No. 11 FSU on the Road

Boston College men’s basketball lost to No. 11 FSU 93-64 on the road Wednesday night. The Seminoles had a good showing on their senior night, keeping firm control of the game starting from midway through the first half.

Coming off its second ACC win of the season (and Scott Spinelli’s first as head coach) against Notre Dame, a postseason-ready FSU proved to be too much for BC.

The Seminoles’ whole roster showed up, led by an 18-point performance by senior guard M.J. Walker. On the other side of the ball, Jay Heath did as much as he could to keep the Eagles in the game, putting up a game-high 28 points, 24 of which came from threes.

Senior big man Steffon Mitchell was inactive, and the Eagles felt his absence. All game long, FSU’s size hurt BC on both ends, and its stifling defense forced four shot clock violations, three of which came in the first half.

Both teams were trading threes early on, but once the game shifted away from the perimeter around the 10-minute mark, FSU went on a 14-1 run and opened up a 19-point lead shortly before halftime. At the half, FSU led 53-35.

In the first half, 23 of the Eagles’ 35 points came from backcourt starters Jay Heath and Makai Ashton-Langford, who were both letting loose from deep.

FSU came back out after halftime to quickly put together a 7-0 run.

Doing his best to keep his team in the game, Jay Heath took off in the second half, scoring 17 points. With the victory already secured for the Seminoles, Heath drilled a contested fade-away three late in the second half for his eighth and final long ball of the night.

Despite his efforts, the rest of the team couldn’t get it going. Makai Ashton-Langford only scored two points in the entire second half, and no other player put up more than six points all game. 

The big difference between the two teams came down to the shooting numbers, as FSU shot 56% from the field compared to BC’s 37%. FSU’s defense forced BC into a lot of bad shots, while FSU more or less had its way in the paint. As a result, the Seminoles never got close to letting go of their lead.

Boston College will face Miami in Florida on Friday in its final game of the season.

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