Clemson secured their fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance with a 70-47 whipping of Boston College Friday at the ACC tourney. The seeding and the destination for the Tigers won’t be announced until Sunday, but there is no question now that the Tigers will be dancing again.
“It was a really good performance by our guys today. We showed tremendous defensive discipline. It was a really good offensive performance. We got out in transition. Demontez had a very good game,” said Brownell.
Demontez Stitt led the Tigers in scoring with 20 points while Jerai Grant added 12. Zavier Anderson had a huge game for the Tigers including two critical three-pointers.
The Tigers built an early lead as Boston College struggled from the field. With 14:58 to go in the half Milton Jennings hit a three to put Clemson up 11-0.
Boston College scored their first point of the game with 14:38 to go in the half when they hit a free throw. The Eagles first basket didn’t come until the 13:10 mark of the first half to make the score 13-3.
Demontez Stitt hit a driving layup to put Clemson up 15-3. Devin Booker followed with a jumper to stretch the lead to 17-3 with 10:48 remaining in the first half.
Boston College went on a 11-2 run to cut the lead to 19-14.
Stitt scored with 6:20 to go to stretch the lead to 21-14. Zavier Anderson followed with a three to put the Tigers up 24-14. After a jumper by Grant with 4:48 to go the Tigers led 26-14.
Jerai Grant hit a jumper with 3:58 to go to put the Tigers up 28-16. Boston College would close the half on a 9-5 run. At the half Clemson led 33-25.
Demontez Stitt led the Tigers in scoring in the first half with eight. Jerai Grant added six first half points.
The Tigers shot 43 percent in the first half, including 40 percent from three. Boston College hit 36 percent from the floor in the first and 18 percent from three.
Demontez Stitt scored a three pointer the old fashioned way to get the Tigers on the board in the second half and stretch the lead to nine. Stitt hit a layup to make it 38-27. Andre Young hit a three from the corner to make it 41-27 with 17.10 to go.
Boston College hit a three with 14:40 to go to make the score 42-30. Another three by the Eagles cut the lead to ten.
Xavier Anderson hit a fade-away three with the clock running out to make it 46-33 Tigers with 12:47 to go. Milton Jennings hit two free throws to stretch the lead to 15. Andre Young nailed a three to build the lead to 51-33 with 11:05 to go.
Milton Jennings hit a three to put Clemson up 54-35. Zavier Anderson hit a free throw with 7:05 to go to stretch the lead to 57-35.
Boston College hit two threes to cut it to 18 with 5:30 to go. The Eagles would never get closer than 17 the rest of the way.
The Tigers move on to play North Carolina in the semi-finals on Saturday.