Noles top Eagles, 85-76, on Senior Day to close regular season

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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
March 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It was a sweet end to a bittersweet day at the Donald L. Tucker Center for the Florida State Seminoles, who defeated the Boston College Eagles 85-76 Saturday afternoon on Senior Day.

Despite the upperclassmen sendoff, it was Trent Forrest who led the way with his first career double-double, logging 21 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 6-10 from the floor to carry the Seminoles (20-10, 9-9 ACC) to victory. Forrest’s performance helped the Seminoles tide a 22 point, 4-7 three point shooting night from the Eagles’ (17-14, 7-11 ACC) Ky Bowman.

“I thought we had some guys play with a lot of connection with each other offensively and defensively,” FSU Head Coach Leonard Hamilton said after the game. “We had moments where I thought we were playing good defense and they still found ways to score baskets because they have that ability to make tough shots.”

“[My coaches and teammates have] all been helping me and giving me confidence to play well,” said Forrest of his efforts over the last few outings. “They’ve been playing well so we’ve had an even keel all over the court.”

The ‘Noles used a 21 point performance from senior Braian Angola and a 12 rebound, seven block effort from Ike Obiagu to spark a second half run to overcome a 36-34 halftime deficit.

The win secures a .500 record in conference play for the garnet and gold, who stay on pace for a NCAA tournament bid.

“We knew that our season was on the line and I feel like when we play from behind…we play way better,” Angola said. He also talked of the Seminoles’ desperation in the closing minutes, saying, “We just start executing our offense and playing more defense. I feel like it was a lot of motivation for ourselves.”

Up next for Florida State and Boston College is a trip to Brooklyn, NY for the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament at the Barclays Center.

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