Never had a chance. This game was the exact opposite of the Boston College loss to Louisville this week as Clemson got the game under their control in the first ten minutes. Boston College was only able to get the deficit to single digits for a few seconds in the second half.
Jordan Roper for Clemson went for a career-high 24 points including scoring all of the Tigers' first 8 points. He finished 6 of 8 from 3-pt land. Roper was followed in scoring by Jaron Blossomgame, who scored 16. Clemson had 9 different players score, compared to 6 for the Eagles. Clemson also shot 13-14 from the line compared to 5-9 for the Eagles.
Aaron Brown and Olivier Hanlan were the leading scorers for the Eagles as usual, and they both netted 15. Both players shot 3 for 6 from 3 which is a 3-pt % from BC's top two scorers that would typically give them the opportunity to win. Today however, the Eagles never really had a chance. Eddie Odio added 5 points off the bench on 2 of 3 shooting but he had almost as many turnovers as points in the game, finishing with 4.
Boston College scored only 8 points in the first 12 minutes of the game, which put them on pace for only 29 for the game. Fortunately, scoring heated up a little after that once Olivier Hanlan got involved a little more, but the Eagles still only finished with 49. They managed to stay out of the LittleJohn Collesium record books by scoring more than 35, which the announcers pointed out was the fewest points allowed by Clemson since Brad Brownell took over as head coach.
Dennis Clifford played very limited minutes once again where he finished with all 0s in the box score, except for one shot attempt which was basically a missed layup. Will Magarity got his usual 3 3-point attempts up but failed to hit one as he usually does and added 2 missed free throws to go with his 0-4 from the floor.
Boston College got outrebounded badly, which ended up being the primary difference in the game as both teams shot similarly from the field and from 3. Clemson had 10 more rebounds overall and 13 offensive rebounds to BC's 6. Combine that with 8 more made free throws and 5 fewer turnovers and it is obvious that Clemson controlled this game from the tip just based on the box score without ever watching the game.
Boston College now heads to South Bend on Wednesday for a matchup with Notre Dame. The Irish were just upset at Pittsburgh this afternoon and will probably be hungry to get back in the win column.