GAME NOTES: The Clemson Tigers head to Conte Forum on Saturday afternoon to square off against the Boston College in Eagles in Atlantic Coast Conference action.
Clemson wrapped up non-conference play with nine wins in 11 tries, including a convincing 80-50 triumph over VMI at home on Monday night. Despite Clemson's strong start to the campaign, it has not played well away from home, going 0-2 in true road games.
Meanwhile, Boston College has not fared so well during the first two months of the season, opening up just 4-10, with its 73-58 loss at Harvard on New Year's Day, its third in a row. The Eagles played their ACC opener back on Dec. 12 at home versus Maryland, falling on the wrong end of an 88-80 final.
In terms of the all-time series, Clemson leads Boston College, 10-7, although the Eagles won both matchups last season, most recently claiming a 68-61 decision on March 5, 2013 in Clemson.
Although Clemson led VMI by just one point at intermission of its most recent game, it pulled away after halftime and eventually outshot its adversary from the field in the 30-point win, 43.9 percent to 28.8 percent, and outscored it from the foul line, 18-5. Jordan Roper led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Adonis Filer came off the bench to tally 12 points, six assists and four steals. Rod Hall and Landry Nnoko were also solid with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
The Tigers offensive attack has been modest at best, as they shoot shy of 44 percent from the field for 69.2 ppg, but the output has been more than enough considering their stout defense, which ranks second in the nation in allowing just 52.8 ppg and third in yielding a lowly 35.1 field goal percentage. K.J. McDaniels acts as the catalyst in the frontcourt, sporting 16.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 3.0 bpg while also draining more than a 3-pointer per contest. Hall (10.8 ppg) is impressive as well, shooting greater than 52 percent from the field. Nnoko isn't much for scoring (5.1 ppg) but he brings 7.0 rpg and 1.8 bpg to the low post.
Boston College dug itself a 20-point hole against Harvard before the first half was out and could never fully recover on its way to a 15-point setback. It shot a modest 40 percent from the field compared to 50 percent for the Crimson, and it was also handled on the glass, getting outrebounded by a 36-24 margin. Ryan Anderson was strong in the setback, netting 17 points while ripping down nine rebounds. Olivier Hanlan (13 points), Eddie Odio (11) and Joe Rahon (10) also reached double figures, although the rest of the team combined for only seven points.
The Eagles are typically a much more efficient scoring team, as they shoot 45 percent from the floor on their way to 72.1 ppg, but unfortunately they have been unable to stop anyone on the other end of the floor, as they allow 77.3 ppg on 46.8 percent shooting. They also live in the red in terms of rebounding (-2.4) and turnover (-2.9) margins. Hanlan scores 19.4 ppg thanks in large part to this active participation at the free-throw line (97-of-116). Anderson mans the paint, logging 16.2 ppg and 7.2 rpg, while Rahon narrowly misses the double-digit scorer's club with 9.5 ppg.
Even with Boston College's struggles this season, it has found some solace on its home floor, going 3-2 at Conte Forum. Still, Clemson's defensive pressure will ultimately prove too much for the Eagles to overcome, even in front of their home crowd.
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