Jerome Robinson finally missed, and Clemson was finally able to put away Boston College.
After scoring just 2 points in the first half, the Eagles’ leading scorer poured in 26 in the second, seemingly unable to miss until his step-back three with 34 seconds remaining went halfway down before exiting the rim. Clemson then made six straight free throws to stave off a fierce comeback.
The Tigers used a 16-0 run in the first half to distance themselves from Boston College and held a 38-23 advantage at the break. But early in the second half, Robinson found his deadly stroke and led a comeback that resulted in a 68-68 score with just one minute remaining in the game.
But Clemson had just enough left in the tank, as Marcquise Reed drew a foul and calmly knocked down two free throws on the ensuing possession. After Robinson’s final shot went begging, Gabe DeVoe and Shelton Mitchell each nailed a pair of free throws to give the Tigers the breathing room to hold on for a 74-70 win.
Donte Grantham led the way for Clemson with 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Reed and Elijah Thomas added 17 and 16, respectively.
It was fitting the game was decided at the free-throw line, where the Tigers made 18 of their 20 attempts on the night.
Clemson moved to 13-1 (2-0 ACC) on the season and will host Louisville on Saturday at noon in Littlejohn Coliseum.