A better team would've closed this game out at some point midway through the first half. Unfortunately, and I know this may come as a shock to some, but Boston College is not a very good basketball team right now.
The Eagles blew a big opportunity to completely bury Florida State in the first half and wilted down the stretch in a 69-60 loss to the Seminoles. The loss—BC's seventh straight—drops the Eagles to 9-16 overall and 1-12 in ACC play. BC squandered a brilliant performance from Olivier Hanlan, who scored 23 of the Eagles' 32 first-half points and finished with 32 of BC's 60 points. Hanlan's 32 vs. Florida State matches his season-high set...last game vs. Miami, and is his third 30+ point performance of the season.
The Eagles raced out to a double-digit lead early, but allowed Florida State to crawl back into the game before the half was up. Despite committing 10 first-half turnovers and shooting just 36.4 percent from the floor, Florida State found itself down just five, 32-27, going into the locker room.
Florida State, which entered the game ranked 14th in the conference in three-point shooting, connected on 8-of-12 three-pointers on the night, including five in the second half. Devon Bookert lead the 'Noles from beyond the arc, connecting on 4-of-5 threes and finishing with a team-high 18. Just that sort of year for BC. The Seminoles also nearly doubled up the Eagles on free throw attempts, though making just 19-of-30 (63.3%).
Aaron Brown was the only other Eagle to finish in double digits, with 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Garland Owens got the start for BC over Dimitri Batten and finished with 7 points and five rebounds. A short-staffed BC bench without Will Magarity, who didn't make the trip to Tallahassee, finished with just 2 points in the game.
Same script, different game, basically. Hanlan, and to a lesser extent, Brown, remain the team's only real scoring threats. Not going to win many (any?) games in ACC play when you've only got 1-2 real scoring threats on the floor at any point that end up taking well over half of the team's total FG attempts (36 of 50).
Boston College is back in action on Saturday night as the host Notre Dame on the Heights at Conte Forum (4:00 p.m.). Leave your thoughts on the game below.