Eagles hold off slumping Tigers
Associated Press
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

BOSTON --- Reggie Jackson scored 18 points and dished out seven assists to lead Boston College to a 75-69 win over suddenly slumping Clemson on Tuesday night.

Corey Raji had 14 points and Rakim Sanders added 11 for Boston College (12-9, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), which shot 56 percent from the field.

Trevor Booker led the Tigers (15-6, 3-4) with 19 points and eight rebounds. Jerai Grant added 12 points for Clemson, which dropped its third consecutive game.

Raji's jumper from the left wing gave the Eagles a 58-47 edge with just under 8 minutes to play, but the Tigers stayed close and finally made a late run, closing it to 66-60 on Tanner Smith's free throw with 2:18 left.

Cortney Dunn had a put-back for Boston College, pushing the lead back to eight with just under 2 minutes left, but the Tigers closed it to 68-64 on Booker's short bank shot with 44.7 seconds left.

Jackson hit 6 of 6 free-throw attempts in the closing 33.9 seconds to seal the win.

Boston College held Booker in check for most of the game. He had just seven points midway into the second half.

The Eagles -- like they did for most of the game -- handled Clemson's fullcourt press and held on for just their third win in eight games.

Boston College, which shot 60.9 percent in the opening 20 minutes, led 42-25 at halftime.

Clemson, which lost its past two games -- against Georgia Tech and No. 8 Duke -- entered out of the Top 25 for the first time since mid-December.

Boston College's shooting was so hot in the first half that it carried over to the Eagles' mascot during the break.

During the usual routine of attempting an over-the-head backward shot from half court, the mascot swished one on its first attempt.

From the Wednesday, January 27, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle


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