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Something had to give. Sure, Clemson came into Conte Forum as the 21st ranked team in the nation, but it also had lost its last two games. For Boston College, the drought was even worse, having lost five of its last seven. What gave was both teams. The Eagles dominated the first half, while the Tigers took the second by double digits. Luckily for the home team, their first half was superior than Clemson’s second, leading to a 75-69 win.
Rakim Sanders scored all of his 11 points in the first half propelling the Ealges to a 42-25 halftime lead. Clemson quickly jumped out to an 8-3 lead to begin the game. BC responded though, outscoring Clemon 39-17 the final 16 minutes of the first half. The Eagles shot better than 60 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep. They also cashed in from the charity stripe, nailing 12-of 16 (75 percent).
All this was happening while the Tigers could not get anything rolling offensively. The Tiger shot below 38 percent from the field and didn’t make a single 3-pointer (0-of-8). They even struggled from the free throw line making just 3-of-8.
In the second half everything changed. Clemson was on fire and the Eagles cooled off. While the Eagles still shot over 50 percent from the field in the second half, the Tigers scorched the nets shooting 61.3 percent. After missing all eight attempts from deep in the first 20 minutes, Clemson nailed three in the second. BC cut its first half production in half, hitting only one. As the Tigers inched closer to the Eagles, Reggie Jackson kept Clemson at a safe distance. The guard scored 10 of his team high 18 after the break. Clemson’s Trevor Booker led all scorers with 19.
With the win the Eagles improve to 12-9 and 3-4 in the ACC. Boston College will host Florida State Saturday at Conte Forum.
Reggie Jackson: Off the bench, Jackson played like a starter finishing with 18 points, seven assists, and four rebounds.
Andre Young: Played all but one minute and managed seven points on 2-of-11 shooting.
:34: Reggie Jackson nails two free throws putting Boston College up six.
55.8: Boston College shot better than 60 percent in the first half and followed that up shooting 50 percent in the second.