A ferocious second-half comeback propelled Boston College men’s basketball to an 87-82 upset victory over #11 Florida State University on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the Eagles earned their first ACC win and snapped a five-game losing streak.
BC’s star guard Ky Bowman started the game hot, making his first seven shots — six in the first half, and his first attempt of the second half. While Bowman had a great first half, the rest of BC struggled.
After the opening ten minutes, the game was tied at 21-21. However, once BC’s forward Nik Popovic had to go to the bench due to early foul trouble, FSU went on a quick 19 to 6 run. Their lead ballooned to 15 points in the first half.
After cutting the Seminoles’ lead to ten at halftime, the Eagles turned things around in a major way. The second half was an entirely different game. The Eagles got off to a fast start, shooting their way back into the game.
Four minutes into the second half, Bowman took the ball up the court, crossed over FSU guard PJ Savoy, and drained a deep three to tie the game. Bowman ended the day with 37 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists.
In tandem with Bowman, guard Jordan Chatman also propelled BC in the second half. After Chatman scored just two points in the first half and missed his lone three-point attempt, he shot 5-6 from deep to get the Eagles back in the game.
One incredible sequence saw Chatman hit three consecutive three-pointers in three trips down the floor for the Eagles. His shooting sparked a 21 to 4 run by BC, giving them a lead they would never relinquish.
BC guard Wynston Tabbs also added double-digit scoring, although inefficiently. He had 12 points on 5 of 15 shooting. More importantly, however, he made big shots when it mattered most.
With 1:20 left in the game, BC turned the ball over twice, giving FSU the opportunity to get back into the game. After a big three from FSU’s Terance Mann, BC’s lead shrunk to 4 with just 54 seconds to go.
On BC’s next possession, they played a slow tempo offense that ran down the shot clock and resulted in an open 3-pointer for Tabbs, effectively ending FSU’s hopes.
The Seminoles had an unusually strong showing off the bench from forward Mfiondu Kabengele, who dropped 26 points and secured 9 rebounds.
This was a momentous game for the Eagles. Finally at full health, they managed to capture their first ACC win and knock off a ranked opponent. It also was an enjoyable game to watch, as they were shooting lights out from just about anywhere on the court.
The energy in Conte even prompted BC Football's star running back, AJ Dillon, to pitch in and help mop the floor under the basket, resulting in an uproar of cheers from the crowd.
This was the second loss of the week for the Seminoles, and they now move to the bottom of the ACC standings. This is their third straight loss, and second loss in a row to unranked ACC teams.
BC now sits at 10-7. A game like this is imperative to strengthening their resume for the Big Dance. Right now they are still very much on the outside looking in. However, a strong win like this will hopefully inspire a winning streak going forward.
BC will take on Wake Forest (8-9, 1-4) Saturday, January 26th in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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