Inconsistent 'Noles again lay a big egg

We learned how good Florida State can be in upset victories over annual ACC powerhouses Duke and North Carolina. Unfortunately, the 'Noles reminded everyone Wednesday how bad they can be, too.

The dark side of Florida State's basketball team returned Wednesday night. And it led to a repeat of previous head-scratching losses this season.

Regressing into the erratic-shooting, turnover-plagued team they once were, the Seminoles (16-7, 7-2) dropped a shocking 64-60 decision at Boston College.

The Eagles, reeling with six consecutive losses on a team with nine freshmen, trailed 23-10 in the first half, then went on a 23-5 run and FSU never took control again.

"You have to give them credit," said FSU coach Leonard Hamilton. "They did a very good job of executing and playing to their strengths. But that's the way it is in the ACC: If you're not on your game, somebody else is gonna be on their game. And this will be the result."

It's something that Hamilton has been unable to cement into his team. Not just in the ACC, but with other opponents. The loss not only rekindles negative impressions but forces a must-win situation for the Seminoles on Saturday when they host Miami.

"This is one loss. That's what it counts for," Hamilton said. "Just like those other victories. They were one victory. So we've got to chalk this up, learn from it and use it as motivation."

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