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Walker leads Senior Night rout of BC

Florida State’s seniors departed from their home court one final time with a resounding victory — and one game away from an Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title.

MJ Walker scored 18 points — making 6 of 9 3-pointers — and RaiQuan Gray added 16 points as No. 11 Florida State won its 25th straight ACC home game, 93-64 over Boston College on Wednesday.

Gray scored in double figures for an 11th straight game for the Seminoles (15-4, 11-3 ACC), who are in position to win the league’s regular-season title with a win at Notre Dame on Saturday.

Fifteen Seminoles played and 14 scored on a night when six seniors were honored.

“I thought this was a tremendous way to send our seniors off. I’ve never seen so many guys cheering for each other and happy for the experience,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.

Jay Heath scored a career-high 28 points and Makai Ashton-Langford added 14 points for BC (4-14, 2-10). Heath shot 8 of 14 from 3-point range.

Walker scored 12 points in the first half as the Seminoles cruised to a 53-35 lead at the break and were never challenged.

Anthony Polite had 13 points and six rebounds for the Seminoles, who shot 35 of 63 (55.6%) from the floor and 13 of 27 (48.1%) from 3-point range. Scottie Barnes added seven points and seven assists.

BC shot 22 of 60 (36.7%) and 12 of 31 (38.7% from 3-point range. The Eagles clearly missed senior forward Steffon Mitchell, who averaged 9.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Florida State started five seniors in what was their final home game. Senior guard RayQuan Evans scored six points and because of the unique lineup the Seminoles’ bench had a 78-15 advantage over BC’s reserves.

The Seminoles are 40-12 in the ACC the last three seasons. If they can pick up No. 41 on Saturday, FSU will have another banner to add at the Donald L. Tucker Center: Back-to-back ACC regular-season champions.

“Sometimes in life you don’t have a chance to compete for one championship,” Hamilton said. “We have an opportunity to compete for two, and back-to-back, in the best basketball conference ever assembled in the history of college basketball. We’re excited about this opportunity.”

SENIOR NIGHT

Florida State honored six seniors before Wednesday’s game: M.J. Walker, RayQuan Evans, Harrison Prieto, Will Miles, Justin Lindner and Travis Light. The group celebrated with the band as well as teammates and coaches before walking off the court.

“We’ve honestly just been spoiled being in this program,” Miles said. “It’s the whole culture.”

Two seniors, Nathanael Jack and Tanor Ngom, are expected to return for the 2021-22 season.

INJURY UPDATE

Hamilton said he thinks Malik Osborne will be able to play on Saturday but that the forward has been battling swelling in his ankle. He also said Walker was questionable for the game and Scottie Barnes has tonsilitis.

Walker said he woke up Wednesday morning determined to play. When he left the court one final time, he touched the logo at half court and went to the bench to high-five and hug teammates.

“A whole lot of pride behind this program,” Walker said. “Definitely a lot of moment that I’ll never forget. That was just my little stamp on everything I put in this program and all the help that coaches have given me, teammates in the past and present to get to this point.”

TAKEAWAYS

Boston College: The Eagles were overmatched from the start and fell for the ninth time in 11 games in the series.

Florida State: The Seminoles shot 18 of 29 (62.1%) from the floor in the first half on their way to building a considerable lead and taking their 11th double-digit victory.

BOX SCORE

The FSU-BC box score can be viewed here.

UP NEXT

Florida State plays at Notre Dame on Saturday at noon (ESPN2).

FSU’s seniors were honored before Wednesday’s game. (photo by Mike Olivella)

CONDENSED GAME