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Florida State beats Boston College

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 08:24 PM
BOSTON -

Derwin Kitchen hit Florida State's only 3-pointer of the game in the closing minute and Solomon Alabi scored 16 points and had six rebounds, lifting the Seminoles to a scrappy 61-57 win over Boston College on Saturday.

Michael Snaer, Chris Singleton and Ryan Reid each finished with 10 points for the Seminoles (16-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). It was just Florida State's third win in its last six games after a seven-game winning streak.

Rakim Sanders led the Eagles (12-10, 3-5) with 17 points. Joe Trapani had 15 and seven rebounds.

Kitchen also hit two free throws to seal it with 7.8 seconds left.

Florida State, which entered the game leading the ACC in field goal defense, held Boston College to 43.6 percent shooting - the 57th straight opponent below 50 percent.

With the score tied at 54-54, Alabi came up with a loose ball in a scramble on the defensive end after BC's Courtney Dunn was trapped near the foul line.

Kitchen then hit his 3-pointer on the other end, giving the Seminoles a 57-54 lead with 43.9 seconds left.

Following a turnover by the Eagles, Snaer hit two free throws with 30.5 seconds to go.

The Eagles had pulled ahead 54-53 when Corey Raji was credited with a basket on Alabi's goaltending with 1:47 left, but Reid hit the front end of a 1-and-1 to tie with 1:17 to play.

Alabi nailed consecutive short hook shots, giving Florida State a 52-50 lead before Reggie Jackson tied it with a pair of free throws.

The teams were tied three times early in the second half before BC pulled to a 48-44 edge on Tyler Roche's 3-pointer with just under seven minutes to play.

FSU responded with the next two baskets, tying it at 48-all on Snaer's driving basket with 4:57 to go.

BC led 27-22 at halftime. Neither team shot over 42 percent in the opening 20 minutes.

The Eagles have the week off before hosting No. 8 Duke next Saturday. A cheer went up midway into the second half when Duke's 89-77 loss to No. 7 Georgetown was flashed on the scoreboard.

It was a physical and, for many periods, sloppy first half. Midway into the opening 20 minutes, the teams combined for more turnovers (12) than field goals (11).

Florida State held the Eagles scoreless for the opening three minutes and to just one field goal in the initial 5 1/2 minutes.

The Eagles then decided to press the Seminoles, leading to some turnovers and easy transition baskets.

There was an early indication of what was to come as far as the physical play when a player from each team went crashing into the media table in the opening minutes, sending it flying toward the second row.

Late in the half, Reid was smacked in the head on baseline drive and had to be replaced for his two free throws when he walked to the bench holding the right side of his head. Deividas Dulkys entered and hit both. Reid returned later.

BC guard Biko Paris walked to the locker room after the horn sounded, holding his head following a drive in the closing seconds.

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