CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS — In the latest game of “Two Truths and a Lie: College Basketball Edition” see if you can spot the fabrication.
Florida State did not trail at any point in its victory on Tuesday evening. The Seminoles scored the game’s first nine points, and held a lead as much as 15. FSU cruised to its victory, as its opponent was dispirited by the early knockout blow the Seminoles landed early.
If you chose Door No. 3, you, just like the Seminoles, are tonight’s winner!
Jamir Watkins scored 10 points while putting up a stalwart defensive effort to the tune of three steals and three blocks as Florida State opened up a massive lead early before needing a defensive stop on the last possession of the game to defeat Boston College 63-62 inside Conte Forum. The Seminoles were able to force 15 Eagles turnovers — 13 of those coming on steals — and turn them into 19 points on the other end.
The loss snaps a two-game losing streak for Florida State, who improved its record in ACC play to 7-4.
A layup from Watkins to start the game and his jumper just over three minutes into the contest were the bookends of a 9-0 start for Florida State, who built the lead to as much as 15 after a Taylor Bol Bowen three-pointer gave the Seminoles a 19-4 advantage.
Boston College pulled to within four late in the first half on a Quinten Post three-pointer, at 35-31, before Florida State took a six-point lead at halftime (37-31). Post, who scored a game-high 21 points, drew the Eagles level for the first time in the contest on another three, at the 8:04 mark, to tie the score at 52.
After another tie at 54, the Seminoles ran off five straight points, capped by another Watkins dunk. Boston College kept on chipping away at the lead, cutting its deficit to 63-62 on a Devin McGlockton fast-break layup with 17 seconds left, and after a missed free throw on a one-and-one by the Seminoles’ Darin Green Jr., the Eagles had a chance to win the game — and to try and take their only lead in the process.
However, Florida State’s long defense forced a deflection during the Eagles’ possession, and Jaeden Zackery’s shot from the left baseline came just after the buzzer sounded.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Tuesday evening’s game, with all photos taken by Boston-area photographer Erica Denhoff. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 31 pictures in total.