BOSTON — No. 15 Florida State thought too much of itself as it climbed to the top of the ACC and not enough of a scrappy Boston College team that had lost six in a row.
"Starting off the game, what we did, not respecting that team — we weren't as focused as we should have been and that caught up with us at the end of the game," guard Michael Snaer said Wednesday night after BC beat the Seminoles 64-60 to snap their seven-game winning streak. "We get national recognition, and we didn't handle it well."
Jordan Daniels scored a career-high 19, hitting four 3-pointers as the Eagles upset an FSU team that remained tied atop the ACC when North Carolina lost to Duke. Boston College (8-16, 3-7) had lost nine of 11 and had not beaten a ranked team in three years.
But the Eagles took the lead midway through the first half by hitting six 3-pointers during a 23-3 run that turned a 13-point deficit into a seven-point lead. Daniels started it with a jumper, then hit back-to-back 3-pointers that cut the deficit from seven points to one.
"It got my whole team going. It let us be able to make plays," he said. "They had something to focus on defensively, and it let other guys open up."
Snaer scored 16 for FSU (16-7, 7-2 ACC). But he shot 6-for-18 from the floor and made 1 of 7 3s.
"I'm disappointed in myself, and I'm disappointed with the effort," he said. "We didn't have a sense of urgency to get to the shooters."
FSU is in a three-way tie atop the ACC with North Carolina and Duke after the Blue Devils' win at Chapel Hill. But the Seminoles couldn't beat the team that went in at the bottom of the standings.
"That's the way it is in the ACC, if you're not on your game. Somebody else will be on theirs and that showed up in the result," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.