Clemson head coach Brad Brownell picked up his first ACC Tourney win Friday as his Tigers whipped Boston College 70-47.
“I’m proud of the way we executed the game plan. I thought we showed great defensive discipline today. Boston College is a hard team to guard because of the unique way they play, spreading the court with shooters you know are going to take a bunch of 3s. But I thought we did a good job of contesting them. We had a good mix to our game offensively. We had some good post feeds, they doubled some and we kicked out. And then I thought we got out in transition and Demontez was very good finishing plays around the rim and shooting free throws. So it’s really a good win for our team, and we’re excited about the opportunity tomorrow,” said Brownell.
Did the win solidify Clemson’s NCAA bid?
“I don’t know. I would hope so. I think if you look at our body of work here recently, we’ve played very well. Certainly, to beat a very good Boston College team the way we did speaks to how well we’ve been playing. I’ve heard elimination game for our team for the last two games, if not more than that. I think these guys (Stitt and Grant) have responded every time and played exceptionally well, and we’re riding their coattails,” replied Brownell.
What did coach Brownell feel about his first ACC tournament?
“It’s exciting – the pageantry, the tradition, the history. I’ve known about it and watched it and having lived in North Carolina for 12 years, you’re inundated with it. It’s great to be part of it, especially when our team plays the way it did today. I was very proud of them, and this was a good day and a great experience,” said Brownell.