FSU Wins on Senior Night Against BC: 3 Game-Changing Plays

It was a bittersweet night for Florida State as the Tucker Center said goodbye to MJ Walker, RayQuan Evans, Harrison Preito, Will Miles, Justin Lindner, and Travis Light (potentially). Boston College tried to hang around in this game with an incredible performance from Jay Heath, but FSU was unbelievably overwhelming for the majority of the game. The entire game, FSU’s offense was just humming against a smaller and less athletic Boston College team before coasting to a 93-64 demolition.

This game was never really close, and the plays will reflect that. Before we get to those plays, some box score notes.

78 bench points is one of the most absurd stats I have ever seen, I don’t care that it was senior night and FSU started 4 walk-ons. Incredible. Everyone that came in did so with energy and a will to spread the lead. 40 points in the paint, 23 forced turnovers, and 48% from 3 are all a good recipe for success. The rebounding was a little closer than expected, but FSU was coasting for most of this game.

MJ Walker led the way in his final game in the Tucker Center with 18 points on 6/9 shooting from 3, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. When he checked out of the game, I don’t think there was a dry eye on the sideline. His growth as a player and as a person has been tremendous over his career, and everyone is going to look back fondly on his career in Tallahassee. Walker came in a prized recruit but developed into a really good basketball player.

RaiQuan Gray was quietly fantastic again in this game, with 16 points on a perfect 7/7 shooting from the floor. He has been in double-figures in 11 straight games. If he’s not at least All-ACC 2nd Team, things need to be re-considered.

Anthony Polite was the only other Seminole in double-figures with 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals. He should be in consideration for all-defensive teams, and he’s averaging double figure scoring on the season, if you haven’t been stat watching.

For Boston College, Jay Heath was lights out; 28 points behind 8/14 from 3. He was making some tough baskets throughout the game, he just didn’t have much help.

Onto the plays.

Play 1

Scenario: RayQuan Evans Block Party

It’s not often your point guard gets two blocks in a game, and they couldn’t have come in more different situations.

Play 2

Scenario: MJ Walker Leaves the Court

You can tell how much MJ loves this university and this program, and that hug between him and Coach CY at the end speaks to the culture and the family setting that Leonard Hamilton has built in Tallahassee. And with Hamilton signing a five year extension earlier this week, it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

Let’s get Walker and Hamilton a national championship.

Play 3

Scenario: Make it Rain Weatherman

Prieto has fought through a lot this season, going through a leg injury not many people knew about. Was so happy for him to close out the game like this.

Florida State closes the regular season at Notre Dame on Saturday, and with a win would clinch the ACC Regular Season title for the second season in a row.

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