Clemson broken open a close game at halftime with a 14-7 start to the second half and the Tigers went on to defeat Boston College 77-69 Tuesday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers improve to 6-4 in the ACC and move into fourth place by themselves. They are 17-7 overall. BC falls to 15-9 and 5-5.
The Tigers led at halftime 30-27 thanks to an 11-5 run to close out the half. The Tigers outshot the Eagles 44% to 31% but were outrebounded 24-13 in the first half.
Clemson carried over its strong first half finish to the opening minutes of the second half opening with a 6-2 run to build a 36-29 lead and force an early BC time out. The Tigers continued to add to their lead with outstanding shooting, tenacious defense and much better rebounding. The hit 11 of their first 15 shots in the half to stretch the lead to 17.
The Tigers led 59-42 with 8:26 to play but went nearly four minutes without scoring. That allowed the Eagles to close to within 59-54. But BC would not get any closer. The Tigers got the lead back up to 10 and maintained at least a six point lead the rest of the way. They hit 7 of 8 foul shots down the stretch and finished the night 17 of 22 from the line.
Clemson finished with a 53% shooting night. Jerai Grant led the Tigers with 17 points. Demontez Stitt added 16 and Andre Young, who did not start after arriving late for a shoot around, knocked down 15 points and dished out 5 assists. BC’s Reggie Jackson led all scorers with 27 point.
Clemson will host North Carolina Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM. Boston College returns home to play Maryland on Saturday.