Men's Basketball Beats Clemson, 68-61
March 5, 2013
CLEMSON, S.C. - Freshman Olivier Hanlan scored 24 points, including 21 in the second half, to lead Boston College past Clemson, 68-61, in Littlejohn Coliseum on Tuesday night.
Hanlan eclipsed the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season shooting 12 of 14 from the free throw line. Sophomore Ryan Anderson recorded his eighth double-double of the year with 18 points and 11 rebounds to help lead the Eagles to their first-ever win in Littlejohn Coliseum.
Neither team held a lead larger than one possession in the second half until Clemson gained a 43-38 advantage with just under 12 minutes to play. Hanlan answered with five straight points to knot the score at 43-43 before the Tigers hit a 3-pointer to regain a 46-43 lead with 9:50 to play.
The Eagles then went on a 12-0 run to claim a 55-46 edge with 5:13 left. During the stretch, Hanlan, Anderson, and Rahon each scored four points. With BC holding a 59-50 lead with 2:18 to play, the Tigers used a 7-1 spurt to cut BC's lead to 60-57 with 1:25 remaining, but Hanlan scored seven points in the last minute to help seal the win.
After the two teams traded 7-0 runs to open the game, the Tigers used a 9-3 spurt to take a 16-10 lead just under seven minutes into the contest. The Eagles then scored six straight points including four from Anderson to tie it, 16-16, with just under 10 minutes to play in the half.
Clemson scored seven straight points to claim a 23-16 edge, but the Eagles responded with a 9-2 run to once again tie the game, 25-25, with 2:37 to play in the opening period. Rahon capped the stretch with a 3-pointer. The teams traded baskets down the stretch as Clemson carried a 29-27 lead into the break.
Devin Booker led Clemson (13-16, 5-12 ACC) with 19 points and eight rebounds, and Milton Jennings tallied 18 points and seven boards.
Boston College (14-16, 6-11 ACC) hosts Georgia Tech in its regular-season finale on Saturday at noon (ACC Network).