No. 19 Clemson gets back on track with rout of BC
Clemson, SC (Sports Network) – Cliff Hammonds scored 17 points and James Mays
added 14, as 19th-ranked Clemson handed Boston College its first conference
loss with a 74-54 triumph at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Vernon Hamilton chipped in 13 points for the Tigers (18-2, 4-2, ACC), who had
lost two straight following a season-opening 17-game winning streak. Clemson
shot 51 percent from the field and hit 9-of-18 three-point tries.
Tyrese Rice scored 16 points and Shamari Spears contributed 14 for Boston
College (13-5, 5-1), which had won six in a row. Jared Dudley, the ACC’s
leading scorer at nearly 20 points per game entering the contest, finished
with 13 points and eight rebounds in defeat.
The Eagles played for the first time since center Sean Williams and forward
Akida McLain were dismissed from the team. The 6-foot-10 Williams averaged
12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.0 blocks this season, while McLain had seen
just limited action after missing the first semester because of academic
The reason for the dismissals was not made public, but Williams was also
suspended last year for a semester after a marijuana possession charge.
Boston College was in front for the first 11 minutes, leading by as many as
five, but Clemson took its first lead, 19-18, on a three-pointer by Hammonds
with just over 8 1/2 minutes to play in the first half.
It remained close until the Tigers finished the half with a 9-3 run, turning a
32-30 edge into a 41-33 cushion. After Hamilton drained a three-pointer for
Clemson with 30 seconds left, K.C. Rivers followed with a steal and a layup to
give the Tigers an eight-point edge.
Boston College never seriously threatened in the second half.
A Dudley dunk in the first minute of the second half pulled BC within six, but
Clemson answered with the next six points to open a 47-35 advantage. The
Eagles never got closer than eight from there.
The Tigers built a 15-point lead, 60-45, on a dunk by Sam Perry midway through
the second half and cruised the rest of the way.
Williams was third in the nation in blocks per game…Only five players scored
for Boston College, as Sean Marshall netted 10 points and Marques Haynes had
one…Hammonds finished 5-of-6 from three-point range…Boston College was
just 1-for-6 from beyond the arc…The Eagles also committed 21 turnovers to