Hanlan’s 24 lead Boston College over Clemson 68-61Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP)—Freshman guard Olivier Hanlan scored 24 points and Ryan Anderson added 18 points and 11 rebounds as Boston College defeated Clemson 68-61 in an Atlantic Coast Conference game Tuesday night.
The Eagles (14-16, 6-11) spent most of the game battling back, then refused to let go of the lead after pulling ahead 47-46 on Anderson’s layup with just under 9 minutes left.
Joe Rahon added 10 points for Boston College, which won its second straight conference game and completed a two-game sweep of Clemson. The Eagles shot 45.1 percent (23 of 51) from the field. Joe
Rahon scored 10 as the Eagles got all but two points from their starters.
In their final home game for the Tigers (13-16, 5-12), Devin Booker had 19 points and eight rebounds and fellow senior Milton Jennings had 18 points and seven rebounds.
Damarcus Harrison scored 11 off the bench as the Tigers shot 44.1 percent from the field (26 of 59) but had only eight free throws in the second half.
Clemson has lost five straight and eight of nine.
Clemson twice led by as many as seven points early, and the game was tied seven times before BC took the lead when Anderson spun the ball off the glass, was fouled by Adonis Filer and sank the free throw to make it 47-46 with 8:47 to play.
BC hit 16 of 23 free throws in the second half, twice building a nine-point lead and refusing to wilt.
After Clemson broke on top with the game’s first seven points, BC clawed back to trail by a bucket at halftime despite shooting 35.5 percent from the field (11 of 31) to Clemson’s 50 percent (13 of 26).
Jordan Roper opened the scoring with a trey, then Jennings scored from the lane and from the wing to make it 7-0 with 17:33 to play.
After a timeout, BC got its first points at 17:02 from Anderson. Rahon completed a three-point play to make it 7-7 with 16:01 left in the half.
Jennings and Booker sandwiched buckets around a TV timeout to push it back to 11-7 and Jennings hit his fourth straight from the floor to spark a mini-run to 16-10, but Anderson scored five of BC’s next six to tie it again, 16-16.
Clemson led by seven again when Booker hit a baseline slam, Roper hit a spot-up jumper from the right corner, Harrison scored off the wing and Booker hit the second of two free throws with 7:14 to play.
BC snatched momentum again to tie it 25-25 when Rahon hit a trey from two steps beyond the arc, but the Eagles missed four chances to take the lead for the first time.
After Filer hit a runner to make it 27-25 with 1:11 to play, Anderson tied it for the fourth time.
Clemson worked the final seconds off the clock with Booker pushing a two-handed fall-away off the glass for a 29-27 lead at the half.