Tigers ACC History on the Line Vs BC
In a surprise for the Clemson Alex Hemenway sees his first action after missing 10 games. IN the Tigers ACC history they have won 10 games or more just six times. This years team can tie the 2017-18 with 11 wins if they defeat Boston College.
Early on Hunter Tyson continues his hot shooting from three point range, hitting two of his first three. The team gets a lift as well with the return of Alex Hemenway. He missed the last 10 games with plantar fasciitis. He misses the first and only shot he takes and has difficulty handling the ball as well.
The Tigers whole team looks out of sorts after they take a 19-8 lead. Just as in the first half of the Florida State game Saturday they turn the ball over too much, eight times at the 2:24 mark of the first half. Their sloppiness and Boston College’s defensive intensity gives the Eagles a 24-23 lead.
Jaeden Zackery’s 13 helps give Boston College a seven point halftime lead. The game completely at the 10:02 mark as after that the Eagles outscored Clemson 22-8. The Tigers, just like Saturday, must eliminate their turnovers if they want come back and win. 11 giveaways kills their offensive flow.
Clemson Must Recover in Game They Cannot Lose
Boston College ranks 195 in the NET currently. Clemson’s two quad four losses, which is the lowest rating for college teams, mean they cannot afford to lose this game. The Tigers need to overcome their offensive woes if they want to continue their momentum of the last six weeks.
Quinton Post helps stretch the lead to nine, and two Devin McGlockton free throws push it to 11, 36-25. Quinton Post and Makai Ashton-Langford also have been key contributors to the Eagles lead as well.
PJ Hall and Post battle under the boards and Post commits a foul. The next possession he picks up his third. The Tigers give up several offensive rebounds in a row, allowing the Eagles to maintain a 10 point lead, 45-35.
Poor rebounding forces Brad Brownell to abandon the zone. Quickly the Tigers score six in a row to cut the lead to four with 11:26 left. Post picks up his fourth after being back in the game just a minute and a half.
Who Can Find an Offensive Rhythm?
Boston College still leads despite not scoring for six and a half minutes. Clemson missing eight shots in a row is a major reason why. RJ Godfrey ties the game with at 45 with two free throws. The Tigers commit three turnovers in a row, allowing the Eagles to lead by five, 50-45 with 5:12 left.
Tigers now continue to miss shots, they have missed 13 in a row. No one on Clemson has an answer, as just 2:55, remains for them to do so. The only good news is the Tigers have yet to miss from the free throw line, 16-16. 17 straight misses means Clemson will take their second ACC loss.
16 turnovers killed Clemson’s offensive flow as well. Tyson finally makes a shot, ending a very long drought, 13 minutes from the field. Credit goes to Boston College’s defense, as only Tyson worked himself free to make shots. He had 22, but Hall and Chase Hunter shot 6-26. Langford led four players in double figures with 15 for the Eagles.
Tigers Must Find Offensive Answer Against the Hurricanes
The Tigers ACC history is filled with losses just like the Boston College loss tonight. Under Brownell the problem has always been finding players to make shots. That must change against the Miami Hurricanes at home Saturday.
The Hurricanes scored 92 at home against Virginia Tech tonight. Four players scored at least 14 points for Miami. If the Tigers want to find answers offensively then forcing a few live ball turnovers and scoring in transition would not hurt. Stopping Miami’s Nuel Pack and Isaiah Wong would go a long way to helping Clemson get a needed win after tonight’s bad loss.