Jordan Roper scored a career-high 24 points and Clemson jumped out to an early lead it never relinquished as the Tigers knocked off Boston College 64-49 Saturday afternoon in Littlejohn Coliseum.
Roper hit a career-high six three-pointers to lead the Tigers, who improve to 13-8 overall and 5-4 in the ACC. Boston College falls to 9-11, 1-7. Roper finished by hitting 8-of-11 shots from the field, and Jaron Blossomgame added 16 points.
Roper and the Tigers got off to a sizzling start – he scored Clemson’s first 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc – as the Tigers jumped out to an 11-3 lead. The lead continued to grow and Boston College was forced to call a timeout with just under 12 minutes to play in the half and trailing 19-8.
Clemson held a 27-16 lead at intermission – the fewest number points the Eagles have scored in the opening stanza this season – but Boston College got within single digits after an early second-half run. However, Roper hit a 3-pointer and Landry Nnoko had a three-point play barely four minutes into the half extended the lead back to 16 at 38-22.
A 3-pointer by Grantham and an offensive rebound and dunk by Blossomgame gave the Tigers and 11-0 run that covered just two minutes, and the Tigers led 43-22 with 14:09 to play. The Tigers then got back-to-back 3-pointers from Jordan Roper – who had a new career-high in points (24) and made 3-pointers (six) as Clemson extended the advantage to 51-29.
Clemson plays at Florida St. next Wednesday in a 9 pm tipoff, and continue on the road with a 6:30 p.m. tip at Miami next Sunday. The next home game is February 10th when Clemson hosts Notre Dame.
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