Florida State 67, Boston College 51: Reggie Jackson, Eagles Decimated In Tallahassee

Reggie Jackson didn't score his first point for 19 minutes and 59 seconds and finished with 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting as Boston College was defeated by ACC rival Florida State, 67-51, at the Tucker Center on Saturday. Read more at BC Interruption and Tomahawk Nation.

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Florida State 67, Boston College 51: Eagles Decimated In Tallahassee

Reggie Jackson didn't score his first point for 19 minutes and 59 seconds and finished with 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting as Boston College was defeated by ACC rival Florida State, 67-51, at the Tucker Center on Saturday.

The loss was the Eagles' second in conference play this season and dropped them to fourth place in the ACC. The win for the Seminoles was their fourth in a row and moved them into a two-way tie for first in the ACC with Duke.

Joe Trapani paced Boston College (14-6, 4-2 ACC), scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Trapani scored 14 points and had seven rebound in the first half, but only managed to score five points in the final half for Boston College.

Corey Raji added eight points and five rebounds off the bench for Boston College. Josh Southern scored four points and Dallas Elmore chipped in with three points for the Eagles.

Gabe Moton made his first career start in place of senior guard Biko Paris, who missed the game with the stomach flu, and finished with three points, two steals and one assist.

Derwin Kitchen paced the Seminoles (15-5, 5-1 ACC), scoring 16 points and collecting seven rebounds. Michael Snaer scored 13 points, Bernard James totaled 12 points and Okaro White added 11 points for FSU.

Chris Singleton, who was named the co-ACC Player of the Week along with Jackson, finished with four points and seven rebounds.

The Eagles made 17-of-48 field goals (35.4%) and 8-of-23 threes (34.8%) and finished with 22 rebounds, 12 assists, six steals and ten turnovers. Florida State shot 51.1% from the floor (24-for-47) and made 7-of-17 shots beyond the arc (41.2%) while amassing 33 rebounds, 11 assists, six steals, seven blocks and 13 turnovers.

Florida State led by four, 14-10, at the midway point of the first half and built the lead to 27-22 with 1:25 remaining in the first half, but Boston College closed out the half on a 5-2 run to cut the 'Noles lead to two, 29-27, at halftime.

The Seminoles broke the game open early in the second half, using a 21-11 run to build their lead to 50-38 with 8:24 left. Boston College was unable to bridge the gap, losing for the third time in its last six games.

Boston College faces its toughest test of the season on Thursday when it travels to face No. 4/No. 5 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Florida State plays conference foe Clemson in its next game on Saturday, January 29th.

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Boston College Vs. Florida State: Reggie Jackson Struggles, Eagles Trail Seminoles, 29-27, At Halftime

Reggie Jackson had his worst half of the season, scoring three points on three free throws and missing all five of his field goals (0-of-4 3PT), yet Boston College only found itself down by two points, 29-27, against ACC rival Florida State entering halftime.

Jackson did not score his first point of the night for 19 minutes and 59 seconds. With one second left in the opening half, Jackson buried three consecutive free throws after being fouled on a deep three pointer.

Joe Trapani scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds, keeping the Eagles in the game. Corey Raji scored five points and Dallas Elmore added three points in the first half for Boston College.

Florida State's offensive attack was extremely balanced in the first half, with six players scoring at least three points. Derwin Kitchen and Michael Snaer each scored five points for the 'Noles. Bernard James, Okaro White and Jon Kreft all had four points for FSU.

Neither team was able to find its stride from the floor all throughout the first twenty minutes. Boston College made 9-of-25 field goals (36%) and 4-of-14 threes (28.6%) while Florida State made 11-of-26 shots (42.3%) and 3-of-11 baskets from beyond the arc (27.3%) in the opening half.

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Boston College Vs. Florida State: Biko Paris Out With Stomach Flu, Gabe Moton Gets The Start

Boston College senior guard Biko Paris has the stomach flu and will not play tonight against ACC opponent Florida State in Tallahassee, FL.

Freshman Gabe Moton got his first career start in place of Paris. Paris leads the Eagles’ with 39 three pointers and averages 10.8 points and 3.4 assists in 19 games.

Moton is averaging 2.3 points, 0.9 assists and 0.9 rebounds in 19 games for BC.

The Eagles currently lead the Seminoles 8-7 with 14:28 remaining in the first half.

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Boston College Vs. Florida State: Tomahawk Nation Predicts Florida State Will Win By Four

Tomahawk Nation, SB Nation's Florida State blog, has picked the host Seminoles to defeat Boston College, 68-64, when the two teams meet at the Tucker Center tonight.

Here's a sampling of what Michael Rodgner had to say about tonight's match-up on BC Interruption's Five Good Minutes.

BCI: Let's get to the matchup between BC and FSU. Florida State has the 7th best defense in terms of adjusted defensive efficiency, while BC has the 4th best offense in terms of adjusted offensive efficiency. So something's got to give in this one. How do you see this game going down?

TN: Only once this season has FSU given up more than 1 point per possession (Butler), so I would expect BC's trend of lighting up ACC opponents to end. If all five of FSU's guys are locked-in their help defense can be a thing of beauty, and I assume the Noles will come out focused since the game is in Tallahassee. Fortunately for BC the FSU half-court offense is just terrible. For BC to win they'll need to make sure that their turnovers and missed shots don't lead to transition offense. The more you keep FSU in a half-court set, the better. Conversely, the Seminoles need to exploit their depth of size on the interior to grind out some half court possessions.

BCI: Last one. Prediction time. Who ya got in this one? What's the final score?

TN: I expect a tight game for the entire 40 minutes, with FSU winning 68-64.

To read the entire preview of tonight's game on BC Interruption, click here. Check back with SB Nation Boston, as well as BC Interruption and Tomahawk Nation throughout tonight's game for updates.

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Boston College Vs. Florida State: Eagles, Seminoles Battle For First Place In ACC

Reggie Jackson and the Boston College men's basketball team face conference rival Florida State in a battle for first place at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. EST (TV/Radio: ESPNU/WRKO).

The Eagles and Seminoles enter Saturday's game with identical records, as both are 14-5 and 4-1 in ACC play. BC leads the all-time series against Florida State 4-3. However, the Eagles have lost their last two meetings against the Seminoles, losing 61-57 at Conte Forum on January 30, 2010 and 62-47 at the Tucker Center on February 14, 2010.

Boston College is coming off of a closely-contested 70-67 win over Virginia on Wednesday. Joe Trapani led BC with 18 points and Reggie Jacksonwho scored his 1,000th career point late in the game, finished with 16 points. Despite the win, the Eagles shot 40.7% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc.

Jackson is the Eagles' leading scorer, averaging 19.4 points, and also leads the team in assists (4.8 APG) and steals (1.2 SPG). Trapani is second in scoring, averaging 13.9 points, and is second in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game. Corey Raji is third in scoring, averaging 12.5 points, and leads the team in rebounding with 6.8 rebounds per contest.

Florida State is fresh off of a 55-53 win against in-state rival Miami on Wednesday. The Seminoles missed their first 10 shots to open the game and trailed by 10 in the second half, but they overcame the deficit to post the well-earned victory.

Terrance Shannon scored a team-high 10 points to lead Florida State. Bernard James and Chris Singleton each scored eight points, Derwin Kitchen and Michael Snaer had seven points a piece and both Okaro White and Deividas Dulkys added six points for the Seminoles.

Singleton is Florida State's leading scorer, averaging 15.1 points, and averages a team-best 7.7 rebounds. Kitchen is the only other Seminole to average double-digit scoring with 10.1 points and leads the team in assists (3.6 APG).

The Eagles rank 53rd in the nation with 75.5 points per game and are 29th in the country in field goal percentage (48%). The Seminoles rank 141st in scoring (70.8 PPG) but are 10th in rebounding with 41 boards per game.

Boston College has its toughest test of the season in its next game, traveling to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on No. 4 Duke, on Thursday night at 8 p.m. EST. Florida State faces Clemson in its next game on Saturday, January 29th. 

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