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Clemson Tigers Prevail in ACC Showdown Against Boston College Eagles

Updated: Jan 19

Clemson had a lot to prove as critics where loud about their recent mishaps. Photo: Clemson MBB
Clemson had a lot to prove as critics where loud about their recent mishaps. Photo: Clemson MBB

In a crucial ACC showdown, the #21 ranked Clemson Tigers faced off against the Boston College Eagles, both eager to silence critics and secure a much-needed win. Previously on a high note, the Tigers found themselves under scrutiny after recent losses to ACC rivals, raising questions about their early-season success.

From the opening minutes, Clemson showcased glimpses of their initial promise, capitalizing on home-court advantage and an enthusiastic fan base during the Military Appreciation game. PJ Hall led the charge, demonstrating the Tigers' prowess in critical areas, including three-point shooting and disciplined free throws. Meanwhile, the Boston College Eagles struggled to keep pace, showing signs of defensive lapses and a slower offensive tempo.

Despite BC's reputation for rebounding and second-chance points, they faltered in executing their strengths, allowing Clemson to exploit defensive vulnerabilities. The Eagles' average of 72.5 points allowed per game played into Clemson's strategy, exposing flaws in BC's defensive schemes.

A nail- bitter game where Clemson took the win.
A nail- bitter game where Clemson took the win.

Late in the second half, BC's shooting percentage dropped to 45.7%, and they managed only 56 points. While Clemson had a shooting percentage of 54.2%, they rarely faced challenges from beyond the arc and at the free-throw line. Despite it all, Clemson maintained their lead throughout the game, emphasizing their resilience and adherence to the game plan.

As the final buzzer sounded, Clemson secured the victory with notable shooting averages but with room for improvement in three-pointers and free throws. Although the Tigers' performance may not have reflected their NCAA ranking, they demonstrated determination and secured a crucial win. Comparing both teams in stats, we have Boston College finishing with a 50.8% (30/59) in field goals, 40.0 in three points (10/25) shots, and 66.7% (8/12) from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Clemson wrangled in 54.2% (32/59) in field goals, 35.0% (7/20) from the three, and 81.8% (18/22) from the free throw line. Each team faced their highs and lows, but for them to remain in the NCAA, the averages will need to increase significantly.

Looking ahead, Clemson faces Georgia Tech on Tuesday, presenting another opportunity for an ACC victory. With both teams hungry for success, the upcoming matchup promises to be a compelling continuation of ACC basketball action.

This is Dez Barnes of Pretty Girls Love Sports, a journalist on the MTMV Sports platform. She is a retired US Army veteran, professional cheerleader, pet mom, and avid sports lover. Feel free to follow her writings as she dives into the latest sports news! You can find her on all social media channels @PGLOVESPORTS.


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