NEW YORK — For the first time since the 2010-‘2011 season, Clemson advances to the ACC Tournament semifinals thanks to a 90-82 victory over No. 12 Boston College in the quarterfinal round on Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The No. 4 seed Tigers will face No. 1 seed Virginia on Friday at 7 p.m.
Clemson struggled to put points on the board early in the game, but settled into a rhythm and led by as many as 16 points in the second half. Boston College cut the Tigers lead to two points, 63-61, with 5:49 to play thanks to Ky Bowman’s three-pointer, but Shelton Mitchell scored six of Clemson’s next eight points to extend the lead to 10 with 2:23 to go.
Mitchell finished with 21 points, going 6-for-12 from three-pint range and 7-for-8 from the field.
Gabe DeVoe also helped the Tigers down the stretch, scoring a game-high 25 points on 8-for-18 shooting from the field and 3-for-11 from three-point range.
“Just a really good win by our guys,” Clemson head coach Brad Brownell said. “These guys played great. I thought we showed pretty good poise. We actually didn’t get off to a great start in the game, but I liked the way we were playing. I told our guys I liked our rhythm, let’s just stick with it.”
Here is what Brad Brownell, Shelton Mitchell, and Gab DeVoe had to say about the victory.