Boston College Shows Tigers Its Stripes, Earns Road Win at Clemson

Steve AugerAnalyst IIMarch 7, 2013

Mar 5, 2013; Clemson, SC, USA; Boston College Eagles guard Joe Rahon (25) forward Eddie Odio (4) and guard Olivier Hanlan (21) react during the first half against the Clemson Tigers at J.C. Littlejohn Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday night, the Boston College Eagles earned a hard-fought road victory over the Clemson Tigers, 68-61, thanks to 24 points from freshman guard Olivier Hanlan.

BC entered the contest with momentum on its side, coming off a thrilling 53-52 home win over the Virginia Cavaliers, where Joe Rahon sank the go-ahead three-pointer with just 8.2 seconds remaining.

Not only did BC win back-to-back conference games for the first time this season, but the Eagles also ruined Senior Night for Tigers Devon Booker and Milton Jennings.

The Eagles (14-16, 6-11 ACC) and Tigers (13-16, 5-12 ACC) met for the second time this year.  BC prevailed in the first meeting, 75-68, despite nearly blowing a 20-point second half lead.

Hanlan was solid in all aspects of the game against Clemson.  Not only did he score a game high in points, but he also grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists.  But he was best at the free-throw line, converting 12-of-14 attempts.  He also had plenty of help in the win too.

Ryan Anderson registered a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, five on the offensive end.  Rahon chipped in with 10 points and seven boards, while Eddie Odio also hauled down seven rebounds.

Despite allowing Clemson to score the first seven points of the game, the Eagles trailed by only a bucket, 29-27, at the half.

In addition to the big games from Hanlan and Anderson, BC outrebounded the Tigers, 37-31, and dominated from the free-throw line, making 19-of-27 shots compared to just 6-of-10 for Clemson.

Despite losing their final home game, Booker and Jennings went out fighting until the end.  The two scored 19 and 18 points and grabbed eight and seven rebounds respectively. 

Damarcus Harrison scored 11 off the bench for Clemson, while Rod Hall handed out a game-high six assists.

The Eagles will have a chance to extend their win streak to three games when they close out the regular season hosting the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday at noon.  It will be the first meeting this season between the two schools.