Saturday, March 15, 2008

CLEMSON 82, BOSTON COLLEGE 48

Thankfully, free throws were not an issue. (For the record, the Tigers made 10 of 14 - 71.4%)

James Mays scored 15 points and the Clem overwhelmed Boston College with its full-court press, cruising to an 82-48 win on Friday to reach the semifinals of the ACC tournament for the first time in 10 years.

After a sluggish start, the Tigers (23-8) made life miserable for the Eagles, who often had trouble getting the ball across midcourt. Boston College (14-17) committed 22 turnovers a night after the 11th-seeded Eagles stunned Maryland.

Raymond Sykes added 12 points for the third-seeded Tigers, who earned a matchup with No. 7 Duke on Saturday thanks to the largest margin of victory in its checkered ACC tournament history.

Sticking around for the weekend is an unusual experience for the Tigers, who were 14-54 all-time entering the night and are the only charter member of the league never to win the tournament title in its 55-year history.

Another difficult task looms as Clemson has also lost 22 straight games to UNJ-D.

BC top scorer Tyrese Rice had to work for his 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting. His young teammates gave him little help, as the Eagles closed the season with 13 losses in 15 games and were no match for Clemson's relentless pressure.

Sam Perry #32 of the Clemson Tigers saves the ball against the Boston College Eagles during day two of the 2008 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Bobcats Arena on March 14, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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