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February 8, 2012

Upset City!

Turning Point

The Eagles opened up the 2nd half by going on a mini run. Ryan Anderson and Jordan Daniels both took aggressive drives into the teeth of the FSU defense for layups, and then Lonnie Jackson buried a three pointer to put the home team up, 41-36.

The 'Noles answered that run by going on a 7-0 run of their own to take the lead back, and all of a sudden you had to be thinking 'here we go again'.

Instead of folding, BC answered the FSU run by punching them back in the mouth. Anderson got the ball in the paint and made a nice pump fake to get 6'10" Bernard James in the air, and then leaned into him while he put up a shot for an and-one play. After both teams traded a few hoops, Jordan Daniels hit a pair of treys within 90 seconds of each other to put the Eagles up 6. From that point forward, the 'Noles never got closer than 3 points again.

It can't be overlooked either that it looked like the Eagles were going to get run out of the building early on when FSU went up 23-10, in a little over 10 minutes. The young Eagles answered the call by going on an improbable 20-3 run.

What Went Right

A big key in pulling away from FSU in the second half was BC's defense holding their opponent to 6 points in an 8+ minute stretch from the 18:28 till 9:58 mark. Much of that had to do with that fact that Steve Donahue switched to a zone defense, which seemed to take FSU out of any kind of flow in their half court offense. The 'Noles went that entire 8+ minute stretch without scoring one field goal in their half court offense, as the only points were scored in transition.

"I thought the zone helped us and saved our legs a little bit. I thought we really played it well even though we haven't practiced it that much," said Donahue. "I thought the guys bought into it. We limited them to one shot and there wasn't a lot of penetration---all the things you hope a zone will do----and they did a great job with it."

Offensively, BC was lights out from deep going 10-of-22 in the game. The team displayed crisp, quick ball movement throughout most of the game, and as a result many of the threes were wide open looks.

"You can't run a lot against Florida State; they just kind of swarm you. It really relies on guys being mentally tough throughout the possession and I thought we did that," said Donahue.

Another key was the Eagles holding FSU at bay on the glass, particularly on the offensive glass where they only recorded 8 offensive rebounds the entire game. It was quite remarkable considering FSU's distinct height advantage.

What Went Wrong

Obviously going down 23-10 against a great defensive team is not the ideal way to start a game. Things looked grim over a two minute span when FSU got two transition hoops and then pounded it inside twice in a row for buckets after that to take a quick 14-5 lead. Both buckets inside were and-one plays on Dennis Clifford.

Three Stars of the Game

1)Jordan Daniels-the freshman point guard recorded a career high 19 points, to go along with 5 assists and only one turnover. Daniels was a key to BC's 20-3 1st half run, scoring 8 points during that stretch.

2)Matt Humphrey-Humphrey was BC's second leading scorer with 15 points, and played an important role in the first half. Humphrey set the tone early on that the Eagles weren't going to be intimidated by FSU's size down low, as 4 of the first 14 points were scored by Humphrey taking the ball right at the FSU forwards.

3)Ryan Anderson- With Clifford in foul trouble most of the game the Eagles desperately needed someone to fill the void down low. Anderson did just that. The California native recorded 6 rebounds and patrolled the middle of BC's zone defense.

Biggest Surprise

It's no secret that FSU has one of the best frontcourts in the ACC. With that being said it's somewhat amazing that BC won this game without getting much from Dennis Clifford, who was in foul trouble most of the game. Clifford finished with 2 points and 0 rebounds.


The BC bench was outscored by the FSU bench 19-0 on the game. It was a surprise to Steve Donahue after the game. "We were outscored 19-0? That's amazing because I thought the guys on the bench played terrific," said Donahue……BC is now 6-1 when leading at the half….BC is 5-1 in games decided by 4 points or less, and just 3-15 in games decided by 5 points or more.

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