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Clemson vs Boston College

Boston College 75, Clemson 68

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BOSTON (AP) - Freshman Joe Rahon scored a season-high 26 points and Boston College snapped a five-game losing streak with a 75-68 win over Clemson despite nearly blowing a 17-point lead in the closing 5 1/2 minutes Saturday.

The Eagles (10-11, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) surpassed their victory total of last season, when they went 9-22.

Lonnie Jackson added 14 points and Ryan Anderson 12 for Boston College.

Devin Booker scored 19 points and became the 36th player in Clemson history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, joining older brother Trevor (2009) as the second brother combo in school history. Randy and Richie Mahaffey did it in the 1960s.

The Tigers (12-9, 4-5) were shooting near 30 percent until they started to hit from long range in the closing 7 minutes, but it came too late.

Milton Jennings had 13 points and Jordan Roper 11 for the Tigers, who had won their last two games.

Jackson's 3-pointer from the left wing gave BC a 65-48 lead, but the Tigers scored the next 13 points, slicing the deficit to four on Jennings' jumper with 2:32 left.

Adonis Filer's 3 cut it to 67-66 with 75 seconds left, but Anderson followed with a layup on the Eagles' ensuing possession.

Jennings' long 3-point attempt then went off the front rim before Jackson sealed it by hitting four free throws in the final 30 seconds.

The Tigers fell to 4-7 in games away from Littlejohn Coliseum.

BC jumped to a 15-6 edge in the opening 10 minutes, taking advantage of Clemson's horrible shooting. The Tigers missed 18 of their initial 22 shots, many from close range and a large number of those on put-back attempts.

The noon start had both teams looking like they were trying to get used to playing basketball in the opening 3 minutes, with a number of passes being bobbled or lost out of bounds.

Clemson sliced BC's lead to 18-14 on Booker's free throw before the Eagles closed the half with a 12-5 spree to pull to a 30-19 advantage at intermission.

The Tigers shot just 23.1 percent in the first half (6 of 26).

In the second half, BC pushed its lead to 44-27 on Rahon's free throw with 15:39 to play. The Tigers never seemed to get into a rhythm offensively, struggling to get decent looks against the smaller Eagles.

After BC opened its 17-point lead, Clemson tried some full-court pressure, but the Eagles responded with a wide-open 3 by Rahon from the right corner and an easy backdoor cut for a layup by Jackson.

Clemson's frustration on offense showed with just under 10 minutes to play when Booker missed an easy put-back and threw an elbow at Patrick Heckmann when he was fouled, drawing a technical for his excessive aggressiveness.

Anderson's foul-line jumper gave BC a 57-37 edge with 9 1/2 minutes to play.

With just under 10 minutes left in the game, the Tigers were still shooting 29 percent. But consecutive 3s by Roper cut it to 60-48 with just over 6 minutes left.

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Clemson Tigers
D. Booker, F384-911-14101319
K. McDaniels, F303-60-04046
M. Jennings, F294-113-451513
D. Harrison, G251-60-04113
R. Hall, G241-31-13113
J. Roper234-100-021311
A. Filer223-62-234110
B. Sullivan71-11-10013
L. Nnoko20-10-02000
Totals 21-5318-223491968
 39.6%81.8% 
Boston College Eagles
E. Odio, F293-60-05247
R. Anderson, F286-100-442212
L. Jackson, G383-86-636214
J. Rahon, G389-122-644126
O. Hanlan, G252-41-21436
A. Van Nest151-31-21113
P. Heckmann131-12-40124
D. Rubin121-10-02013
D. Clifford20-00-00000
Totals 26-4512-2421201675
 57.8%50% 
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
Virginia16-230-7
Syracuse14-428-6
Duke13-526-9
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N.C. State9-922-14
Maryland9-917-15
Miami (Fla.)8-1117-16
Wake Forest7-1217-16
Georgia Tech7-1216-17
Notre Dame6-1315-17
Boston College4-158-24
Va. Tech2-179-22
 
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