The BC Eagles lost by 8 to the Clemson Tigers this evening, falling in Littlejohn Coliseum 77-69. In reality, Clemson’s eight point margin of victory was not indicative of how the game really played out, unless you had money on the Eagles covering the spread. They entered the game at +8.5 underdogs on the road.
As the old saying goes, “Live by the sword, die by the sword”. The same saying definitely applies to BC’s heavy reliance on the 3-point jump shot. Clemson far outmatched the Eagles in terms of size in the post. Clemson big man Jerai Grant had his way with the smaller BC defenders such as Joe Trapani and Corey Raji, before leaving with a hamstring injury, on his way to scoring 17 points on 7-9 shooting. The only Eagles defender who could come close to matching up with Grant, Josh Southern, only played 12 minutes as a result of fouls in the 1st half and an injury in the 2nd half.
In fact, Southern left the game very early in the 2nd half after a collision with Grant after a made bucket by the Tigers that put the home team up by three. A one possession lead around the 18:00 minute mark in the 2nd half is hardly insurmountable, but Clemson picked up huge momentum from that point forward, eventually extending their lead by as much as 16. The Eagles did not help their cause by settling for several contested threes and long twos either.
Grant left the game later and the Eagles were able to cut the lead down to as little as five but never got closer than that. The game obviously boosts Clemson’s tournament resume while putting a hurt on the Eagles’ resume at the same time. It probably becomes imperative for them at this point to win a game or two in the conference tournament.
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Written by Christopher Ferrick-Manley