Tigers soar past Eagles

Clemson jumps out to a big lead en rout to a 64-49 win over Boston College.

A personal 11-point run by junior guard Jordan Roper set the tone for Clemson early in a 64-49 win over Boston College Saturday at Littlejohn Coliseum.

It was Clemson's third straight ACC victory as the Tigers improved to 13-8 overall and 5-4 in league. BC fell to 9-11 overall and 1-7.

After a 3-pointer from BC's Patrick Heckmann to start the game, Roper answered with 11 straight points, including three 3-pointers of his own.

Roper finished with a game-high 24 points, including 13 in the first half. Jaron Blossomgame added 16.

Junior guard Olivier Hanlon and Aaron Brown each had 15 points for the Eagles.

The Tigers led by as many as 17 points in the first half and held a 27-16 advantage at the break despite being held scoreless over the final 5:36 of the first half.

BC climbed to within 10 points of Clemson early in the second half, but the Tigers finally ended a nearly nine-minute span without a field goal with a three-point play from junior center Landy Nnoko, followed by a 3-pointer from freshman forward Donte Grantham and a thunderous dunk from sophomore forward Blossomgame that opened up a 43-22 Clemson lead.


Clemson: Roper led the Tigers in scoring for the second straight game. He scored 18 points in Clemson's upset win at North Carolina State.

BC: Brown, a graduate student who has played at Temple and Southern Mississippi as an undergraduate, is using his final year of NCAA eligibility wisely. He scored 28 points in a loss to Louisville — the most by a BC player this season — and shared a team-high 14 points at Clemson.


Boston College is at Notre Dame Wednesday.

Clemson is at Florida State Wednesday.

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