Clemson traveled to 5-10 Boston College Thursday night hoping to move to 2-0 in the ACC. Instead Clemson struggled in the final minutes and left with tough loss 59-57.
Andre Young led the Tigers with 12 points while freshman T.J. Sapp added 11. Tanner Smith, Milton Jennings and Devin Booker all poored in nine for the Tigers.
Clemson struggled from the field hitting only 36 percent and only 26 from three. The Tigers won the battle on the board 32-22 and forced 15 turnovers.
The Tigers struggled early as they only scored four points in the first six meetings. Defense kept the Tigers in the game early and they only trailed 10-4.
Clemson went on a 9-2 run to take the lead on a T.J. Sapp free throw with 10:27 remaining in the half. The teams traded baskets for the final ten minutes of the half. Andre Young hit a three in the final seconds of the half to put the Tigers up 28-26 at the half.
In the second half the Tigers started with a 11-6 run. T.J. Sapp hit a three with 16:33 remaining and was fouled. Sapp hit the free throw to put Clemson up 39-32.
Boston College responded with a 13-4 run to regain the lead 45-43 with 11:41 remaining. The game remained close with both teams trading the lead until the final minutes.
The score was tied at 54 with five minutes remaining. Boston College scored with 2:59 to go and took the lead they would hold until the final buzzer.
With ten seconds remaining Milton Jenning was fouled and had a chance to tie the game by hitting both free throws. Jennings went 1-2 to make the score 58-57. Clemson had one more chance to tie the game with one second remaining, but Devin Booker couldn’t hit the free throws. The Tigers didn’t hit a basket in the final 5:55 minutes.
Clemosn fell to 9-7 on the season and 1-1 in the ACC after the loss. The Tigers host Duke Sunday evening at Littlejohn Coliseum.