CHESTNUT HILL - Jordan Daniels' (19 points, six assists) sparked Boston College with 21 points as the Eagles pulled off a major upset, defeating the No. 15/17 ranked Florida St. Seminoles, 64-60, to claim their third ACC win of the season on Wednesday evening.
"That was very exciting," Daniels said of the win. "We've been playing basketball a lot, so those are the moments we live for. A good win likes that measures growth for us to be able to pull it out down the stretch."
Daniels led the charge with his game-best six field goals, four of which came from beyond the arc. The Eagles, who snapped their six-game skid with the win, shot 37.5 percent for the game (18-for-48) and made an impressive 10-of-22 three pointers (45.5 percent).
"It got my whole team going," Daniels said of his three-point barrage, as the freshman guard made three of his four treys in the opening half. "It let us be able to make plays, because after that, they had something else to focus on defensively and let other guys open up."
Matt Humphrey scored 15 points, Ryan Anderson added 14 points and Lonnie Jackson scored 12 for Boston College (8-16, 3-7 ACC). Michael Snaer led the Seminoles (16-7, 2-7 ACC) with 16 points and both Bernard James and Ian Miller had 12 points.
It wasn't much of a surprise that Florida State was able to take a 23-12 lead midway through the opening half. What was surprising, though, was Boston College's response. The Eagles closed out the half on a 22-10 run to take a one point lead, 34-33, into the break. The Eagles continued their strong play in the second half, outscoring the Seminoles, 30-27.
The Eagles opened up a 55-47 following a layup from Dennis Clifford (two points) with 8:29 left, but the Seminoles were able to reestablish themselves and bring the game within four points, 55-51, with 5:25 to go. Once again, the Eagles widened the gap, as a Humphrey free throw and a jumper from Anderson put Boston College up 58-51 at 4:10.
After taking a 60-53 advantage with 1:58 remaning, the Eagles surrendered for straight points and saw the lead cut to 60-57 at the 1:27 mark. Two free throws from Lonnie Jackson (12 points) rebuilt the lead to five with 26 ticks to play and one free throw from Humphrey made it a six point game with 11 seconds on the clock.
Snaer hit a three with five seconds remaining, but after a foul following the inbound, Daniels closed out the game by making one-of-two free throws to give the Eagles a four-point cushion, which would hold for the remainder of the game.
"We just helped each other focus our way through it," said Daniels. "We've been in that position before. Not many times this season have we been able to pull it out in the stretch, but this time, it's something we really came together and did it."
Boston College heads back out on the road to face the Virginia Tech Hokies on Feb. 12 as it looks to capture its fourth conference win and continue to build towards their ultimate goals.