Men's Basketball Defeats Clemson, 75-68
Feb. 2, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman Joe Rahon scored 26 points - the most by a freshman in the ACC this season - to lead Boston College past Clemson, 75-68, in front of 5,278 fans in Conte Forum on Saturday afternoon.
BC pulled out the win after holding a lead as large as 20 points, 57-37 with 9:30 left, before Clemson cut the lead to one at 67-66.
Rahon set a career high point total shooting 9-for-12 from the field and 6-for-7 from beyond the arc. Sophomore Lonnie Jackson totaled 14 points and six assists while classmate Ryan Anderson netted 12 points. Classmate Eddie Odio compiled seven points, five rebounds and three steals.
The Eagles scored eight of the second half's first 11 points to grab a 38-22 lead just under two minutes into the period. The two teams played evenly over the next several minutes, but BC built its lead to as large as 20, 57-37, with 9:30 remaining. Rahon scored 10 of the team's 19 points during the stretch.
From there, Clemson began to close the gap. After a 3-pointer from Jackson gave BC a 65-48 lead with 5:35 left, the Tigers went on a 13-0 run to cut BC's lead to 65-61 with just over two and a half minutes remaining. Anderson hit a mid-range jumper with 1:55 on the clock to break BC's scoring drought.
Clemson then scored five quick points to trim BC's edge to one, 67-66, with 1:14 remaining. Anderson countered with a layup on the other end, and after Clemson's Milton Jennings missed a 3-pointer, Jackson made all four of his free throws, and Rahon made a basket inside the final 30 seconds to seal the win.
Rahon scored the game's first five points as the Eagles opened the game with a 10-2 lead just under six minutes into the contest. Clemson later cut BC's lead to 18-14, but the Eagles pushed their lead back to eight, 22-14, behind a driving layup from Rahon and a put-back dunk from Odio with 4:31 left in the opening half.
The Tigers again trimmed the BC lead to four, 22-18, but the Eagles responded with consecutive 3-pointers from Odio and Rahon to gain a 28-18 edge with 1:58 remaining in the period. The Eagles carried a 30-19 advantage into the break.
Devin Booker led Clemson (12-9, 4-5 ACC) with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jennings scored 13 points Jordan Roper had 11 and Adonis Filer had 10.
Boston College (10-11, 2-6 ACC) will play at Miami on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (RSN).