The Boston College Eagles go for a season sweep of the Clemson Tigers on Tuesday night when they pay a visit to Littlejohn Coliseum.
BC enters the game coming off the high of a thrilling victory over Virginia on Sunday afternoon. Joe Rahon canned a three-pointer with 8.2 seconds remaining to earn the Eagles a 53-52 win over the Cavs after they trailed Virginia by 11 points with just over 10 minutes to go.
The Eagles (13-16, 5-11 ACC) and Tigers (13-15, 5-11 ACC) meet for the second time this season. This has been a tough year for the Tigers. Clemson enters the contest having lost its last four games and 7-of-8 overall.
When these two teams last tangled, BC opened up an 11-point halftime lead, 30-19, which ballooned to 20 in the second half. Steve Donahue’s club had to withstand a furious comeback by the Tigers to avoid an embarrassing home loss. The Tigers cut the lead to one, 67-66, with 1:15 remaining, but BC hung on and snapped its five-game losing streak in the process.
Joe Rahon was dominant all day for the Eagles. The freshman poured in 26 points, including hitting six of his seven three-point attempts while handing out four assists and grabbing four rebounds.
Rahon had plenty of help, too. Lonnie Jackson scored 14 points and handed out six helpers while Ryan Anderson pumped in 12 points.
Despite being badly out-rebounded by Clemson, 33-20, BC compensated by shooting a sizzling 57.8 percent from the floor and knocking down 11 three-pointers. The Eagles were fantastic sharing the ball as they collected 20 assists on their 26 field goals.
The only thing BC didn’t so well was hit its free throws. The Eagles were an atrocious 12-of-24 from the line.
Devin Booker notched a double-double in a losing effort with 19 points and 10 boards. Eight of those rebounds were on the offensive glass.
Milton Jennings scored 13 while Jordan Roper (11 points) and Adonis Filer (10 points) gave their team solid contributions off the bench.
Clemson will be honoring Booker and Jennings on Senior Night so BC will not only have to deal with playing on the road but also the emotions of wanting to send the seniors out with a win.