Brad Brownell says Tigers 'didn't deserve to win today - we got outplayed'

Freshmen Jordan Roper, Adonis Filer step up late, but it was too little, too late for Clemson

Clemson guard Jordan Roper dunks the ball in the first half.

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Clemson guard Jordan Roper dunks the ball in the first half.

For Clemson's Tigers, the numbers just wouldn't add up.

Twenty points and 10 rebounds from Devin Booker; 13 points from Milton Jennings; double-figures scoring by two supporting cast minutes off the bench; winning numbers from three-point range, the free throw line and on the boards.

But the bottom line - 75-68 Boston College victory - said it was just another ACC road loss for the Tigers, who trailed by 20 in the second half before pulling within one with a furious comeback powered by freshmen Jordan Roper and Adonis Filer.

"We didn't deserve to win today - we got outplayed," said Clemson coach Brad Brownell, whose team slipped to 12-9 overall and 4-5 in the ACC. "We fought hard at the end to come back. Guys made shots, and I was happy to see all that. But I'm really disappointed with the way we played early-on.

"We had a bunch of shots around the basket that we needed to make, and we didn't make them."

The Tigers fell behind by double digits early, and then swapped baskets with the Eagles until the final minutes of the game, when Clemson put together an 18-2 run that cut Boston College's lead to one, 67-66, with just over two minutes left to play.

"This is a team that when you get behind, it's hard to take them out of their rhythm," Brownell said. "They have an open-post offense with a lot of back-cutting, and it uses your pressure against you. In some games, you try harder and it makes it easier. Against these guys, trying harder doesn't work as well because it puts you out of position on things.

"Give BC a lot of credit. They're a well-coached group and they execute their offense with good speed and precision."

Brownell said the outside shooting of freshman Joe Rahon - 6-of-7 on three-pointers and a career-high 26 points - was an unexpected obstacle for the Tigers.

"He hasn't been shooting at that clip at all," Brownell said. "I thought we did a pretty good job on some of their other guys, but he made everything he looked at. That was obviously a problem in the game."

Brownell said the Tigers never really figured out how to take Rahon off his game, even when they made their comeback.

"We tried everything," he said. "We pressed, we played some of our zone and tried to be aggressive that way. But on the first possession of the second half we guard him for 34 seconds and then he gets it and makes a three. Whatever we tried wasn't really working."

Brownell said the Tigers "had a couple of guys to didn't have good games on either side of the ball" - referring, apparently, to Rod Hall and Damarcus Harrison, who had just three points each, and to a certain extent, K.J. McDaniels, who was held to seven points.

"I do think our freshmen (Filer and Roper) came in and competed," he said. "When you're down it's a little easier to go aggressively and try to make shots and make plays, and they certainly did that, as opposed to when it's a tight game to start.

"We had a couple of perimeter guys not play well, and we had a couple of guys off the bench tried to bring us back...Both Roper and Filer made big shots and good plays to give us a chance.

"We really need for Jordan to improve defensively so he can stay on the court."

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Comments » 3

bizzzz writes:

Lazy players

omnipotent1 writes:

in response to bizzzz:

Lazy players

You obviously did not watch the game

Bigboots writes:

I didnt watch it either. Turned it on and we were down by 18.
Quickly turned it off and am glad I didnt waste two hours on that loss.

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