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Clemson blows 23-point lead in 70-68 loss to Boston College

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Clemson dropped its second straight game Saturday night, this one in bitter fashion.

The Tigers (10-7, 2-4) blew a 23-point lead to Boston College (7-8, 2-3) at home in a 70-68 loss. The Eagles began to claw back the large deficit in the first half and continued their momentum into the second half.

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Clemson had won nine in a row from the Eagles going into Saturday night's matchup.

The Tigers wasted no time jumping on the Eagles early, surging to a 9-0 lead on the shooting of Al-Amir Dawes, who racked up 17 points in the first half. Dawes, who was just 2-for-11 from the floor earlier in the week at Notre Dame, did not score in the second half Saturday night.

Al-Amir Dawes' 17 points led all Tiger scorers Saturday night in Littlejohn Coliseum.
Al-Amir Dawes' 17 points led all Tiger scorers Saturday night in Littlejohn Coliseum. (Getty)

With just over four minutes expired, Boston College got on the board after a Brevin Galloway jumper. A Jaeden Zackery layup at the 13:43 mark would pull the Eagles to within six before the Tigers would go on a 9-0 run.

Following a second free throw conversion by P.J. Hall with 7:11 remaining before the half, the Tigers opened their biggest lead of the game at 34-11.

From there, the Eagles would go on an impressive 21-5 run to close the half down just 39-32. Galloway's 11 points led BC's late first-half rally.

Clemson would widen its lead at the outset of the second half, moving out to a nine-point advantage (43-34), following a Hall jumper. It would be the Tigers' largest edge the rest of the way.

The Eagles, who outscored the Tigers 38-29 in the second half, would come to within one point at 51-50 with 11 minutes remaining after a James Karnik layup. With 1:48 to go, BC would draw even with the Tigers for the first time at 66-66 following a T.J. Bickerstaff basket.

Clemson briefly retook the lead with 35 seconds remaining on a David Collins jumper, but would score no more as BC reeled off four unanswered points to seal a 70-68 victory.

BC shot 49.1-percent from the floor and hit 6-of-19 baskets (31.6%) from long range while the Tigers shot 45.8%, converting 31.6% from three-point range.

The Eagles had three players reach double figures in scoring, led by Makai Ashton-Langford's 19 points. The Tigers were led by Dawes' 17 points while Hall (12 points) and Collins (15) also reached double figures in scoring. Clemson's Naz Bohannon added nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Boston College will enjoy a few days off before facing Louisville on the road next Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. tip.

The Tigers will square off at Syracuse on Tuesday (9:00 p.m. tip) in a game televised by the ACC Network. The Orange (8-9, 2-4) lost to Florida State 76-71 in the Carrier Dome earlier Saturday.

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