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Boston College Eagles vs Clemson Tigers Pick & Prediction, Sat Jan 15 06:30 PM

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Clemson coach Brad Brownell will go head-to-head against one of his former understudies Saturday when the Tigers play host to Boston College and first-year coach Earl Grant in an Atlantic Coast Conference game in Clemson, S.C.

Grant served as an assistant under Brownell for four seasons at Clemson from 2010 to 2014, then coached at in-state rival College of Charleston for seven seasons before being tabbed by Boston College last March.

The Eagles (6-8, 1-3 ACC) have struggled of late. Since a 16-point victory against Notre Dame on Dec. 3, the Eagles have lost five in a row, including three straight ACC games.

Boston College dropped a two-point decision at Pitt and suffered a five-point defeat against Georgia Tech in its last two outings.

"There has been some growth, but we've got to learn how to win and learn how to win on the road," Grant said. "We have to keep trying to get better. We have to find ways to keep guys encouraged to move in the right direction.

"Obviously there are certain things you have to do to finish the game. We've had these situations in the last two games, but it was deja vu in both games. Guys want to do it, and we're trying to do it, but things just haven't bounced our way yet."

Clemson (10-6, 2-3) is coming off a 16-point loss at Notre Dame -- the Tigers' most lopsided defeat of the season.

Clemson entered the game as the top 3-point shooting team in the ACC, but struggled mightily against the Fighting Irish, making only 6 of 32 (18.8 percent) shots from beyond the arc. The Tigers entered the game shooting better than 40 percent from 3-point range.

"When we don't shoot the ball well, it's problematic," Brownell said.

It certainly was against Notre Dame. The Tigers' starting backcourt of Nick Honor and Al-Amir Dawes combined to make just 2 of 17 shots from the floor for six points.

"Our perimeter players just didn't make shots," said Brownell, whose team is 6-1 at home this season. "And we're not going to win when our backcourt struggles.

"Some of their shots may have been a little quick, maybe not quite in rhythm. They've got to trust in the process and keep working."

--Field Level Media

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Boston College Eagles vs. Clemson Tigers

Marcquise Reed scored a career-high 31 points to lead four Clemson players in double figures as the host Tigers defeated visiting Boston College 76-66 on Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

The game was tied at 60 with just more than four minutes remaining, but Reed scored nine points to spark a decisive 10-0 run by the Tigers, who are fighting to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive.

Clemson's eighth consecutive victory against Boston College improved the Tigers to 16-11 overall and 6-8 in the ACC with four regular-season games remaining.

Boston College slipped to 13-13, 4-10.

Reed, a graduate guard and the Tigers' leading scorer, made 11 of 21 shots from the floor, including 5 of 7 from three-point range. He has made 11 of his last 18 shots (61.1 percent) from beyond the arc over the Tigers' last three games.

Reed, who broke his previous career high of 30 points set Jan. 16 against Georgia Tech, also grabbed nine rebounds and had five steals.

Reed has scored in double figures in 22 of 24 games this season and has 11 games in which he's scored 20 or more points.

Senior forward Elijah Thomas added 14 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season while graduate guard Shelton Mitchell had 13 points and sophomore forward Aamir Simms added 10.

Boston College's leading scorer, junior guard Ky Bowman, had 17 points to pace the Eagles, but made only 6 of 21 shots from the floor. Freshman forward Jairus Hamilton scored a career-high 17 points and junior forward Nik Popovic added 12 points before fouling out with four minutes remaining.

Clemson held a 33-29 halftime lead, but Boston College opened the second half with a 10-0 run and pulled ahead by six, 39-33, on a Bowman three-pointer with 17:39 left. The Eagles led 50-49 with 10:44 remaining before a 7-0 Clemson run capped by a Reed three-pointer pushed the Tigers back in front and Boston College never led again.

--Field Level Media

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