Sunday, February 3, 2008


Cliff “Claven” Hammonds scored 14 points and led five Tigers in double figures as Clemson beat Boston College 78-56.

The Tigers (16-5, 4-3 ACC), who never trailed and saw just one tie at 29 late in the first half, scored 30 points off 20 Boston College turnovers.

K.C. “Take Me To The” Rivers added 13 points, James “Willie” Mays had 12, David “Harry” Potter added 11 and Trevor “T and the MG’s” Booker had 10 for Clemson. The Tigers broke the game open in the first eight and a half minutes of the second half with a 21-9 run, including 11 unanswered points, to take a 57-40 lead with 11:32 to play.

Hammonds, playing the point in place of the injured Demontez “Oh!” Stitt, scored 11 of his points during the run.

Booker, playing with a wrapped right ankle, was 4-for-6 from the field and had five rebounds in 16 minutes in the first half.

The Eagles (12-8, 3-4) were led by Tyrese “Red Beans And” Rice with 17 points and posted their second-lowest point total of the season. The lowest was 51 points in a loss to Robert Morris on Jan. 7.

Clemson's James Mays (40) drives for the basket as Boston College's Tyler Roche (21) and John Oates (32) defend during the first half. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

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