Clemson shot a blistering 52% from behind the arc and nearly 69% overall in an 82-64 win over Boston College, Saturday. Freshman guard Al-Amir Dawes led the Tigers with a career-high 22 points on 8 of 12 shooting. Dawes was especially accurate from distance, knocking down 6 of 10 from the 3-point line. The 68.9% shooting set a school mark for best field-goal percentage in an ACC road game. The previous mark was 67.5%, set against Virginia in 1984.
Aamir Simms backed Dawes’ big night with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. John Newman III nearly matched Simms’ production with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Tevin Mack and Hunter Tyson also contributed, scoring 11 points, apiece.
Clemson (14-12, 8-8) imposed its will from the outset, making ten shots in a row at one point, and shot 69.9% from the floor in the first twenty minutes en route to a 41-29 halftime advantage. BC never threatened and the Tigers stretched the lead to 26 in the second half before hitting cruise control in the game’s final minutes.
As expected, head coach Brad Brownell was pleased with the way his team performed in earning their third straight conference victory, “That was a great shooting performance by us tonight. Outside of turnovers, that might’ve been our most complete performance of the season on both ends of the floor. [Al-Amir] Dawes knocked down a bunch of 3-pointers, which gave us a lot of energy. I think that, except for the turnovers, we played about as well as we could possibly play.”
Clemson will go for its fourth win in a row at Georgia Tech, 9 p.m., Tuesday.