Clemson (16-14, 6-12 ACC) took care of business on Saturday afternoon, handling Boston College (9-22, 2-16 ACC) 82-68 to close out its regular season play with a second consecutive win in Littlejohn Coliseum.
Seniors Jaron Blossomgame and Avry Holmes led the Tigers, both putting 17 points on the board. Holmes’ 10 rebounds allowed for his first career double-double and Blossomgame grabbed seven boards, as well. Shelton Mitchell’s 14 points along with senior Sidy Djitte’s nine points also contributed to the Tigers’ victory over the Eagles.
Following the Tigers’ win, the media spoke to Holmes and head coach Brad Brownell.
Here is what we heard:
A win on the last game of regular season play and Senior Day all in one made for a more than excited and proud Coach Brownell.
“Thankfully, I thought defensively, we were pretty good in the first half. That really helped us. The longer the game went, the more we got into it and got into some flow and made more plays,” Brownell said. “Our guys have really kept competing these last three games at home and have played pretty well. Boston College is an improving team and has given a lot of teams problems and I thought we played well to keep them at bay today.”
Holmes, who carved his way to be the ACC’s best 3-point shooter, shooting roughly 53 percent from behind the arc, scored three 3-pointers in 90 seconds to close out the half. Brownell said that component contributed to the Tigers’ continued momentum.
“It certainly was huge part of the game. That’s where the separation occurred. He obviously has the ability to do that,” Brownell said. “When teams double and the kick-outs are there, Jaron’s done a good job of finding different guys.”
Senior Day left Holmes feeling excited and happy for one last go-around in Littlejohn Coliseum. The shots just kept coming for him.
“I just wanted to let it go,” he said. “It was my last opportunity in Littlejohn and I just felt really good.”
The Tigers finished the season with two straight wins going into the ACC Tournament. Although the ACC is filled with high-caliber teams and players, the Tigers are confident in making a run in Brooklyn, NY.
“I have confidence in our team. I think we’re a good team,” Brownell said. “I know our record isn’t where we’d like it to be and certainly a bunch of games have come down to the wire, several that we haven’t been able to close out, but I think our team isn’t going to be in awe of anyone we play or not confident that we can’t play on a big stage.
“You’re just trying to advance. You’re just trying to win a game. We’re played pretty well these last five games of the year and I hope that continues.”
Holmes says his team just wants to compete and have fun. He said his team has stopped worrying about the games they did not finish; they are focused on the ACC Tournament and enjoying themselves.
“I think we just want to play and stop worrying about it,” Holmes said. “I think us stressing about it, about how close we were, about if we were going to the tournament, stresses everyone out. Right now, I think we’re in a good position. I think guys are ready to play and have fun.”
Tomorrow, the 12th-seeded Tigers will travel to Brooklyn, N.Y. for the ACC Tournament and will face 13th-seeded N.C. State on Tuesday afternoon. Tipoff is set for noon.