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This game was a microcosm of Clemson's season. Missed free throws in crunch time? Check. Missed layups? Check. Defensive breakdowns? Check. Bad fouls? Check. Lack of aggressiveness? Check.
Does that about sum it up? I'm sure I'm missing something.
I'll also add that Donahue coached circles around Brownell in the 2nd half. Devin Booker had started to dominate, so Donahue switched BC to a zone to take away Booker's touches. Clemson looked completely lost offensively and went from up 5 to down 9 over a 6 minute span. I'm not sure why Clemson didn't stick Jennings at the foul line and go high-low with Jennings and Booker. Jennings was shooting the ball with confidence and he'd be able to draw a big man to him which would leave Booker 1-on-1 down low. Instead we just passed the ball around the perimeter and chuck up contested shots for 6 minutes.
And another thing that really bothered me - I know Brownell isn't the type of guy that gets fired up, but in the first minute of the game BC clearly threw the ball out of bounds and the refs blew the call. Brownell just stared down the official and didn't say a word. In the 2nd half, Olivier Hanlan was getting every call in the 2nd half. I'd love to see Brownell speak up, just once, and see if he can get Clemson a makeup call on the other end or get the officials to stop calling touch fouls every time Hanlan exaggerates contact. Every other coach does it. If you want to start getting calls you need to hound officials.
I think the most humbling thing about this game is that Clemson played very well for the first 30 minutes and still couldn't get separation from BC. When Donahue's zone sent Clemson into a dry spell, BC easily took control of the game. BC is a team that Clemson should be able to beat at home on an off night, with or without K.J. McDaniels.
Devin Booker and Milton Jennings both played well on their senior night and it's a shame they weren't rewarded with a win. Clemson has two more games left this season and then Brownell will have 7 months to figure out how the hell he's going to get better results out of this roster next year. He will get K.J. McDaniels, Jaron Blossomegame, and Devin Coleman back from injury. Is that enough? At this point, I don't think so.