Clemson rails Boston College to strengthen NCAA Tournament case
The look on Demontez Stitt's face said it all after he rose over the Boston College defense to tip in Tanner Smith missed 3-pointer with less than three minutes to play. It was his team's day.
Stitt scored 20 points and Clemson beat Boston College 70-47 Friday in the second round of the ACC Tournament.
Leading by six early in the second half, the Tigers ripped off a 24-8 run to put away the Eagles, who shot just 34 percent from the field.
Jerai Grant scored 12 and Milton Jennings added 10 off the bench for Clemson.
The Tigers showed that they meant business early, holding Boston College to just three points in the first ten minutes of the game as they built a 14-point lead.
The Eagles battled back behind Joe Trapani's 12 first-half points and cut the lead to 33-25 at halftime.
But Boston College didn't have enough in the tank after its victory the previous day, and Reggie Jackson scored just 11 points as Clemson's man-to-man pressure stifled the star guard and his teammates.
The Eagles made 10 threes Thursday against Wake Forest but managed just six on 24 attempts against the Tigers.
"I thought we showed tremendous defensive discipline today," Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. "Boston College is very hard to guard because of the unique way they play. We knew they were going to shoot a lot of threes, but I thought we did a good job contesting them."
The win boosted Clemson's ever-improving case for a fourth straight NCAA Tournament bid. Brownell said he thought his team's play warranted a spot in the tournament.
"I think if you look at our body of work here recently, we've played really well," Brownell said. "Certainly, to beat a very good Boston College team the way we did speaks to how well we've been playing."
The Tigers face No. 1 seed North Carolina Saturday after the Tar Heels came back from 19 points down to beat Miami on Friday.