Led by a career-best 22 point performance from Al-Amir Dawes, the Clemson Tigers dominated Boston College for a wire-to-wire 82-64 road win.
Dawes scored the game’s first bucket, a triple on the first shot of the night to put Clemson up on their first possession. It would be a sign of things to come, with Dawes going on to finish with six made 3-pointers, on just 10 attempts. As a team, Clemson was on fire from deep, hitting 12 3-pointers on 23 attempts., Six different players made threes for Clemson.
Clemson built a 10-0 lead before BC hit their first shot of the game, a 3-pointer in the game’s fourth minute. For the next 10 minutes, the Eagles managed to keep the game close, cutting the lead to two possessions multiple times. Still, Clemson answered, never losing control of the game.
Heading into the under-8 timeout of the first half, Clemson led 26-18. After the timeout, they scored on four straight possessions, with four straight assists, to push the total to 36-21. The Tigers entered halftime up 41-29, with an Aamir Simms dunk serving as an exclamation point on the half.
Clemson continued their offensive onslaught against BC in the second half, once again opening the scoring with a Dawes triple. Mack then scored five straight points - two free throws and a 3-pointer - to push the lead to 20. Clemson’s advantage ballooned to as much as 26 points when Newman hit a jumper with just over nine minutes left in the ballgame.
With the game in hand Clemson let the offensive intensity slip a bit, scoring just 2 points in the final 3-plus minutes of the victory. The only other blemish on the otherwise stellar performance would be Clemson tendency to commit turnovers. The Tigers’ 20 turnovers more than doubled BC’s eight giveaways. Because Clemson dominated on the glass and held BC to under 38% from the field it didn’t matter — but it is still something to watch. Regardless, there is only one takeaway: This Clemson team is a team ACC opponents should not want to face. For 40 minutes, Passes were humming, there was effort and intensity on the defensive side of the ball and most importantly, the shots were falling. Clemson’s ability to share the ball propelled their phenomenal offensive performance. The Tigers registered 20 assists on their 31 makes and shot 68.9% from the field.
Simms finished with 12 points and 11 boards, one of two Tigers double-doubles on the night. John Newman scored 11 points while hauling in 10 boards. Hunter Tyson and Tevin Mack also scored 11 each in the win.