02/22 19:07 CST Dawes' career-best 22 leads Clemson past BC 82-64
Dawes' career-best 22 leads Clemson past BC 82-64
BOSTON (AP) --- Al-Amir Dawes scored a career-high 22 points and hot-shooting
Clemson coasted to an 82-64 victory over Boston College Saturday for its ninth
consecutive win over the Eagles.
It was the Tigers' (14-12, 8-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) third straight
victory after a three-game losing streak. They haven't lost to BC since a 68-61
setback at Littlejohn Coliseum on March 5, 2013.
Aamir Simms added 12 points. Hunter Tyson, John Newman III and Tevin Mack each
scored 11 for Clemson, which shot 68.9 % and made 12 of 23 on its 3-point
attempts. The Tigers were shooting over 70% with around four minutes left.
Jay Heath led BC (13-15, 7-10) with 16 points. Jared Hamilton added 12 points
on Senior Night.
Clemson led 41-29 at intermission.
The dominance continued into the second half when the Tigers scored the first
eight points during a 13-2 run that pushed their lead to 23. Dawes capped the
spree with a 3-pointer from the left corner.
The Tigers had opened the game by scoring the initial 10 points and hit 10 of
11 shots during a stretch midway into the first half, pulling to a 36-21 edge
on Dawes' 3 from the top of the key.
On the defensive end, Clemson played tight man-to-man, limiting BC to many
tough shots as the possession clock was winding down numerous times.
Clemson: The Tigers have an interesting resume. They've beaten two teams in the
AP Top 10 --- then-sixth ranked Louisville on the road last Saturday and
then-No 3 Duke on Jan. 14 --- but have conference losses at Pittsburgh and Wake
Forest. If they can finish the regular season strong and have a decent showing
in the league postseason tournament, they could have an outside shot at an NCAA
Boston College: It was a miserable loss in what was shaping up to be a
respectable season. The up-and-down Eagles have won their seven ACC games by an
average margin of four points and coming in their losses were by an average of
Clemson is the only ACC team that BC coach Jim Christian doesn't have a victory
over in his six seasons in charge.
The Tigers shot 69.6% in the opening half (16 of 23) and connected on 50% (6 of
12) from beyond the arc.
Clemson: At Georgia Tech on Tuesday.
Boston College: Hosts Notre Dame Wednesday.