BC becomes first in ACC history to go winless in conference basketball, football in same year

The Boston College bench looks somber with under two minutes left in the game against Clemson.
The Boston College bench looks somber with under two minutes left in the game against Clemson. –The Boston Globe

 

BOSTON (AP) — Jaron Blossomgame scored 16 points and Clemson beat Boston College 66-50 on Saturday, completing the Eagles’ winless regular season in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

The Eagles (7-24, 0-18) became the first ACC team to go winless in their conference regular-season games since Maryland went 0-14 in 1986-87. It’s the sixth time in league history. They do have another shot this week in the conference tourney.

Worse, BC’s football team went 0-8 in league play, making the school the first in ACC history to go winless in both sports in the same academic year.

Donte Grantham added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Avry Holmes had 11 points for Clemson (17-13, 10-8). The Tigers halted a three-game losing skid and improved to just 3-8 on the road.

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Jerome Robinson led the Eagles with 18 points. Dennis Clifford had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Clemson led 38-21 at halftime and was never threatened in the second half. BC didn’t close the gap below double digits in the final 20 minutes, completing its regular season of futility. All but three of its losses were by double digits, seven by 22 points or more.

BC was held scoreless for nearly eight minutes in the second half.

The Eagles lost at the buzzer at North Carolina State on Wednesday.

The Tigers went 8 of 14 on their 3-point attempts in the first half.

Blossomgame hit three shots from beyond the arc in a 1:13 span late in the half. Grantham had a driving dunk just before the buzzer.

The Eagles kept it close until the Tigers went on a 14-3 run, opening a 25-15 lead midway into the half.

TIP-INS

Clemson: Blossomgame was coming off a 31-point performance in a loss at home against No. 4 Virginia on Tuesday. It was his third 30-point game of the season.

Boston College: G Sammy Barnes-Thompkins was out with a concussion. . Senior 7-footer Clifford, walk-on Steve Perpiglia and graduate transfer G Eli Carter played their last game in Conte Forum. Perpiglia, given a scholarship by coach Jim Christian just before Christmas, started his first collegiate game.

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