BOX SCORE: Clemson 62 B.C. 60
The Tigers moved to 10-3 overall with the
win, only their second in seven trips to Conte Forum. Boston College fell to 4-11
with the loss, 0-2 in the ACC.
Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan stood at the free throw line with two shots to
tie the game with 1.3 seconds to go, but missed the first and then the second on
purpose as Clemson collected the rebound to seal the victory. Hanlan led all players
with 27 points, 22 of which came after halftime. He actually went to the line for
two earlier in the possession, making the first and intentionally missing the
second. He was fouled trying to grab the rebound, setting up the final free throw
K.J. McDaniels scored 16 and Jordan Roper posted 15 to lead the Tigers to the
victory. Rod Hall added 12 points and a game-high seven assists for Clemson, who
shot 43 percent for the game and 46 percent from long distance. BC shot 37 percent
for the game and outscored the Tigers 43-31 in the second half. The Eagles won the
rebound battle, 33-31.
Clemson led by eight in the early going before BC put a modest 8-2 run together to
pull within two at 12-10. The Tigers led just 14-12 moments later before scoring
seven straight to take their largest lead of the opening half at 21-12.
The Eagles pulled within five at 21-16, but Clemson held BC to just one point over
the final five and a half minutes and put together a 10-1 run that lifted the Tigers
to a 31-17 edge at intermission. The final three points came as the buzzer sounded
for halftime, when Roper connected from the wing off a pass from Hall.
BC came out battling in the second frame. The Eagles scored on a pair of old
fashioned three point plays and made three of their first four from long distance to
pull within three at 39-36. McDaniels stepped behind a screen with under 11 to play
and nailed his first three-pointer to double the lead back to six. Back-to-back
buckets from Roper and Josh Smith pushed the lead back to 10 quickly.
Once the Eagles cut it to 47-43 with under seven minutes remaining, Roper took a
pitch on the wing and promptly connected on a three to push the lead to seven again.
Clemson stretched its edge to nine at 56-47 on a left-handed bank shot inside by
Landry Nnoko, who finished with eight points in 19 minutes.
The lead shrunk to three with under a minute to play after several Tiger miscues
against fullcourt pressure helped BC pull within 59-56. With the ball in his hands
and 10.9 seconds to play, Adonis Filer drove left and spun into the paint to his
right, lifting a short shot to give the Tigers a five-point cushion.
The Tigers return home for a pair of conference tilts at Littlejohn Coliseum next
week. Clemson hosts Florida State at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 and Duke at 2 p.m.
on Saturday, Jan. 11.
Tigers hang on at B.C.
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