No. 19 Florida State routed the Eagles in Tallahassee Monday night in a 104-72 beat down. The Seminoles retained the lead from start to finish, delivering BC its eleventh straight loss of the season.
Late in the first half the Seminoles were already leading 43-25. Guard PJ Savoy secured the loose ball in the paint, pivoted to his left, and pushed the fast break. With Dwayne Bacon scampering up the far left side of the court like a wide receiver on a vertical route, Savoy rifled the ball to his teammate. Bacon took one power dribble from the three-point line, gliding past Eagles forward A.J. Turner, en route to a ferocious dunk—poetry in motion, as they say.
Ky Bowman and Jordan Chatman leapt at the same time to deny Bacon. But by the time they left the ground in a helpless attempt to stop him, Bacon was already in flight and well on his way to flushing a rim-rocking slam. Bacon, spinning in a celebratory circle, tossed the Eagles’ bench a quick head nod, as if to say, “You’re welcome.” The play could serve as a simple omen of what was yet to come. This was only the beginning of a seemingly non-stop reel of highlight plays for the Seminoles.
Rebounding from a two-game skid against past opponents Notre Dame and Pitt, FSU (22-6, 10-5 ACC) capitalized on a BC team(9-19, 2-13 ACC) that sits five games behind NC State at the doormat of the ACC. Bacon led the way for Florida State, finishing with 16 points to put him over 1,000 career points as a sophomore. But he wasn’t the only Seminole to put on a show. Phil Cofer, Jarquez Smith, and Trent Forrest each put forth their best high-flying efforts to put the 2017 NBA Dunk Contest to shame. Quite simply, FSU flat out embarrassed the Eagles in an exhibition that would make early morning SportsCenter viewers more than satisfied. Yet rim-rattling dunks weren’t the only thing the Seminoles excelled at; FSU converted on 12-29 attempts behind the three-point line. The Seminoles continued their dominance at home, where they retain a perfect and program-best 17-0 record this season.
There were few positives that the Eagles took away from their worst loss of the season. Bowman and Jerome Robinson both finished with over 20 points a piece, continuing the duo’s trend of putting up individually impressive performances despite a stagnant team effort. Moreover, the split between BC's star players and the rest of the team has defined this disappointing 9-19 season. The team has clearly lost any of the chemistry it displayed in the Jan. 11 win over NC State. Perhaps most embarrassingly, the FSU bench outscored the Eagles 59-2. That statistic alone speaks volumes to the state of affairs for BC men's basketball.
The Eagles prepare to host Virginia Tech this Saturday at Conte Forum at 4:00 p.m. in their final home game of the season. In the two teams' last matchup on Jan. 25, the Hokies won 85-79.