Olivier Hanlan, Boston College sweep Clemson
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CLEMSON, S.C. — Tight games have been the norm for Boston College this season. Thirteen of the Eagles’ games have been decided by 5 points or fewer.
It has forced a young team to grow up quickly and gain the ability to handle adversity like the Eagles faced Tuesday in their 68-61 victory over Clemson.
‘‘I don’t think anybody in the country has been through what we’ve been through,’’ said coach Steve Donahue, whose team came in with a 2-8 road record. ‘‘They’ve been through so much, all these guys. There are no juniors and seniors playing, so these guys have done all the minutes.’’
The crowd of 7,102 had come to bid farewell to seniors Devin Booker and Milton Jennings, but BC spoiled the party with its first victory in six games at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Freshman guard Olivier Hanlan scored a game-high 24 points, hitting 12 of 14 free throws, to lead BC (14-16, 6-11 Atlantic Coast Conference) to back-to-back conference wins for the first time this season.
Ryan Anderson had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Joe Rahon scored 10 as the Eagles, who beat Clemson, 75-68, at home on Feb. 2, got all but 2 points from their starters, hitting 16 of 23 free throws in the second half.
‘‘I thought we finally put together a second half that we’ve been looking to do on the road,’’ Donahue said. ‘‘We’ve had a lot of games that we’ve been tied at half, then run out of gas. I thought the second half tonight was finally a step for a young team.’’
Booker led Clemson (13-16, 5-12) with 19 points.