TALLAHASSEE — Boston College coach Steve Donahue knew about Florida State's Michael Snaer. But where did this Devon Bookert guy come from?
While Snaer was setting a season high in ACC play with 21 points, freshman Bookert handed out eight assists without a turnover in his second start, helping FSU to a 69-66 win over the Eagles on Saturday. Six assists came in the second half, three during a span of just more than two minutes that ignited a 12-2 run that wiped out BC's brief 45-42 lead.
"That's a tough pill to swallow when you allow a guy to get eight assists and no turnovers and then find those guys wide open as well," Donahue said after the Eagles suffered their sixth ACC loss by five points or fewer.
While BC has come out on the short end so many times, FSU has maintained its winning record by winning the close ones.
The defending ACC champs (14-11, 6-6) have won all of their league games by five points or fewer, five by three or fewer and three coming on final-second shots by Snaer.
FSU led by as many as 12 in the first half on its way to a 31-26 lead at halftime. BC rallied to take its 45-42 lead on Patrick Heckmann's 3 before Bookert keyed the run that propelled the Seminoles to a 54-47 lead with 8:06 left.
"The assists he had (Saturday) were more out of instincts," Hamilton said of Bookert. "Starting has been good for him."
Clearwater High's Okaro White had 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds for FSU.