The Boston College men’s basketball team fell to the Clemson Tigers 82-64 Saturday, unable to stop the visitors’ hot shooting.
The Tigers led wire-to-wire, starting the game on a 10-0 run and never relenting. Led by Al-Amir Dawes, who scored a career-high 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting (6-10 from behind the arc), Clemson shot 69% from the floor and 52% from three-point range.
The Tigers had five players score in double digits, overwhelming the BC defense. The Eagles seemed unable to settle on a strategy and constantly switched between man-to-man and a 2-3 zone.
The Tigers ultimately exploited weaknesses in both schemes. When the Eagles played in man, the Tigers scored with ease in the paint. When faced with a zone defense, Clemson spaced the floor and found open zones to knock down easy looks.
The Tigers would lead by as many as 26 points before a late BC run reduced the deficit to 18.
A dominant performance on the glass also contributed to the large margin. Clemson pulled down 32 rebounds compared to BC’s 25.
The Eagles generated plenty of extra possessions by snagging 12 offensive rebounds and forcing 20 turnovers, but they were simply unable to capitalize. Boston College took 16 more shots than the Tigers, but shot just 38% from the floor and 27% from three.
While no Eagles had efficient shooting performances, Jay Heath paced the team in scoring with 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Nik Popovic, Derryck Thornton, and Jared Hamilton all scored in double digits, but each struggled to consistently knock down shots.
Saturday’s loss dropped the Eagles to 13-15 on the season and 7-10 in the ACC. While they appeared to have a chance to secure a high ACC Tournament seed just a week ago, it now seems that the Eagles will face an uphill battle in Greensboro.
Next up for the Eagles is a home date with Notre Dame on Wednesday night, the second-to-last game at Conte Forum this season. With Syracuse and No. 6 Florida State coming up in the first week of March, the schedule does not get any easier for the Eagles.
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