As Avry Holmes knocked down a three pointer to end the half—a shot that would end up being just one of his five hits from long range in the contest—the Eagles begrudgingly turned for the tunnel. The make by the Clemson guard capped off a 17-4 run, one that shifted the Tiger’s lead over BC from just three to 16 points before the half.
Despite playing a much improved second half, the 16 point halftime deficit was too much for Jim Christian’s club, and the Eagles dropped their final regular season contest 82-65.
Jordan Chatman led the way for BC with 17 points off the bench. The usually explosive backcourt combination of Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman were unable to provide any help, however, finishing with 9 and 10 points respectively.
Robinson struggled all game with foul trouble, before ultimately getting his fifth personal and having to leave the game.
Foul trouble was an issue on both ends of the floor for all Eagles. BC received 24 personals in the contest, while Clemson was only called for eight. Reffing posed a problem all night and Christian pleaded his case--asking for officiating to go both ways--but that was to no avail on Saturday. BC only took six attempts from the free throw line. On the contrary, Clemson went 16 for 21 from the charity stripe.
The Tigers size gave the shallow BC front court nightmares. Clemson out rebound BC 36-27. All season, Jim Christian has looked for one player to step up and earn minutes at power forward behind Connar Tava—against Clemson, Garland Owens, Mike Sagay, and Johncarlos Reyes all had the opportunity.
Owens provides fantastic energy and athleticism for BC off the bench, but in his 15 minutes on the floor he only managed to grab two rebounds and did not attempt a shot. Freshman Mike Sagay only saw the floor for four minutes but scored four points and brought down two rebounds.
Defensively, Clemson star forward Jaron Blossomgame gave the Eagles fits. He dominated the rotating cast of BC forwards to the tune of 17 points and seven rebounds. Shelton Mitchell and Holmes were the other two Tigers in double figures with 14 and 17 points respectively.
Much the way BC’s regular season began, it ended with a disappointing loss in a winnable game. A final regular season record of 9-22—2-16 in conference is a tough pill to swallow for a team that expected vast improvement over the disaster that was last season. BC had flashes of promise in December and January after a 3-2 stretch with wins over Providence, Syracuse, and NC State, but the Eags followed that run with 14 consecutive ACC losses.
The season for Christian’s group is not all over. BC will have a chance to redeem a disappointing campaign and provide some hope for the future come Tuesday afternoon. Boston College will take on tournament hopeful Wake Forest at 2 PM in Brooklyn in the first round of the ACC Tournament.