Florida State aims to get back on track against Boston College


Florida State will look to put its struggles aside on Monday night when it visits Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The Seminoles (14-12, 7-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) saw their frustrating season continue with an 88-70 loss to No. 9 Duke on Saturday. The loss was the seventh in eight games for Florida State.

The Seminoles played without leading scorer Caleb Mills (ankle injury), Anthony Polite (wrist) and RayQuan Evans (knee).

Still, Florida State showed resilience by sticking with the Blue Devils until the end of the first half.

With only nine players available, the Seminoles couldn’t come close to eight points in the second half.

Freshman Matthew Cleveland continued to take over for the injured Seminoles scoring a team-high 16 points. Cleveland is the Seminoles’ second-leading scorer (10.8 points per game) and third-leading rebounder (4.6).

“We just beat a better team today, a team that played better,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “But there was no lack of effort. I thought the effort was excellent. »

The Eagles (9-16, 4-11) lost their fifth straight game Saturday, a 76-56 decision to Syracuse.

Boston College also faces an exhausted list because TJ Bickerstaff missed his second straight game due to a calf injury. Demarr Langford Jr. also left the game in the second period with an apparent toe injury and did not return.

On the bright side, Quinten Post returned after a two-game absence due to COVID-19 protocol and James Karnik led the Eagles with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Boston College, however, made just 5 of 28 3-pointers and turned the ball over 15 times.

“It’s a combination of a really good area (from Syracuse) and a lack of solidity,” Eagles coach Earl Grant said. “We had some mental fatigue in our guys, so mentally we weren’t as sharp as we should have been.”

–Field-Level Media


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