Clemson renders BC winless in conference
By Peter Santo
The Boston College Eagles put together another putrid performance on Saturday in front of their home crowd, falling to the Clemson Tigers 66-50.
The loss dropped the Eagles to 0-18 in ACC play, meaning that both the Boston College football and basketball teams went winless in conference play this season.
The Eagles hung around for most of the first half, but Clemson took control of the game near the end of their first half. Their effort was punctuated with a monster dunk by Donte Grantham to end the first half and put Clemson up 38-21.
From there it was all Tigers as the Eagles were unable to put up a fight, even on Senior Day, in the second half.
It was a scene that was all too familiar to the fans (most of which were supporting Clemson on Saturday) at Conte Forum. With the loss the Eagles fell to 6-11 at home.
“Tonight was the first game in awhile where we just didn’t show resiliency, part of that had to do with how we lost last game, but [we are] never going to be accepting of that, but it’s a rebuilding process,” said BC Head Coach Jim Christian.
When asked who was to blame for the winless conference record this season, Christian placed most of the blame on his shoulders.
“I place the blame on my own shoulders. So whether we win or lose, I don’t make excuses, because I’m confident in what we are doing,” said Christian.
After losing to NC State by just one point in their previous game, the Eagles came out flat against Clemson.
“I was worried about how we would respond because of what happened in the last game. I thought we played extremely well. Not having Sammy [Barnes-Thompkins] hurt our toughness a bit, but it’s no excuse,” said Christian.
The rebuilding process will continue next season for Boston College, and while Christian was not asked about it in his postgame press conference, there has to be questions surrounding his job security for next season.
The ACC schedule is a grind both physically and mentally, but the loss and the season at large has to be considered a setback for the Boston College program.
“We did some good things, but I didn’t think we were mentally tough tonight,” said Christian.