|Posted on March 8, 2018 at 4:40 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
Basketball is a game of runs.
The 12th-seeded Boston College Eagles and 4th-seeded Clemson Tigers lived up to that statement as soon as the ball dropped.
Boston College began the game on a 7-0 run.
Clemson, down 12-3, responded with an 8-0 run of their own.
After an offensive rebound and tip in by freshman forward Steffon Mitchell of the Eagles, the Tigers would go on yet another run, this one being 7-4, to gain their first lead of the game, following senior forward Mark Donnal's three-pointer at the 11:50 mark of the first half that made it 18-16 Tigers.
Clemson would extend out to as much as a 14-point lead after trailing 7-0 to begin the game.
The Tigers would hold onto the advantage for the final 11 minutes and 33 seconds of the first half. despite the Eagles shrinking the Tigers' lead to six, 40-34, with 1:47 remaining, off of a free throw by sophomore forward Nik Popovic.
It was a three-possession game at the break, 43-36, with Clemson on top of things, essentially making it "A Tale of Two Halves... of a Half".
Clemson stayed healthy on the runs in the second half as well, beginning the second period on a 9-1 run to get out to a 15-point lead, 52-37.
Junior guard Jerome Robinson connected from long range to get Boston College within nine, 59-50, with under under 10 minutes to go in the contest. The Clemson lead was cut to single digits thanks to an 11-4 run by Boston College that began off of a made free throw by junior guard Jerome Robinson with 13:06 left to play in the game.
The Eagles would trim their deficit even further when sophomore guard Ky Bowman made both of his free throws inside 7:30 to go to make it a two-possession game, with the Eagles down 61-55.
Bowman would not be done, hitting a three to get Boston College within three, 61-58, and then a followup three to get them within two, 63-61.
Neither would Clemson, as junior guard Shelton Mitchell moved Clemson back to a double-digit lead with 2:33 to go, off of his layup that brought the score to 74-64.
Bowman would hit two big-time threes inside a min but the Tigers continued to answer at the charity stripe, with senior guard Gabe DeVoe going 4-for-4.
With 27.6 seconds to go, Boston College was within five, 87-82, after Robinson made two free throws from a deadball foul and Bowman attacked the rim on the possession that went with the free throws.
But with 23.8 seconds to play, Bowman fouled out. He had 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block, and two turnovers.
DeVoe went back to the line and went 2-for-2 to stretch the Tigers' lead back out to seven points and teammate, junior guard Marcquise Reed would add one more freebie to close the game out at 90-82, advantage Clemson, as the 4-seed seed will move on to face the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) men's basketball tournament semifinals.
Leading the way for the Tigers was DeVoe with 25 points on 8-for-18 shooting from the field and going 6-for-6 from the charity stripe, followed by junior guard Shelton Mitchell with 21.
Boston College was led by Bowman and Robinson once again in this tournament, this time Bowman with 23 and Robinson with 20.