CLEMSON – The Senior Night tradition at Clemson in which the coach and the departing seniors talk to the fans after the game continued on Tuesday at Littlejohn Coliseum despite a devastating 68-61 loss.
Tiger boss Brad Brownell thanked Devin Booker and Milton Jennings for all their contributions to the program, and even displayed a sense of humor in describing his two stars.
“Devin, sometimes you can’t get him to talk,” Brownell said. “Milton, on the other hand, sometimes you can’t get him to stop talking.”
Brownell also said he would always appreciate the fact that both players decided to stay after Oliver Purnell left to take the job at DePaul.
“These two players could’ve left but they didn’t,” Brownell said. “They stayed and they showed just how much they loved Clemson.”
BOOKER TIME ENDS
By their very nature Senior Nights always mark the end of an era, but Thursday’s farewell at Littlejohn Coliseum was especially significant for the Booker family.
When Devin Booker walked off the court on Tuesday, it ended a “Booker dynasty” that began when Trevor Booker began playing for the Tigers in 2006. Since then there has been a Booker in the starting lineup for 225 of 228 games played between 2006 to this season.
Trevor Booker started 134 consecutive games during his stint from 2006 through 2010, while Devin has started all but three games over the past three years.
The brothers are two of just 12 players in school history to have had scored at least 1,100 points and grabbed 700 or more rebounds.
“It feels good to know that we made an impact here,” Devin said on Monday. “It makes you feel good to know you did your part to help the program.”
MCDANIELS STILL OUT
The Tigers have sorely missed K.J. McDaniels, who was again confined to the bench on Tuesday due to a sprained ankle. He has now missed three consecutive games for Clemson.
“We’ve really missed K.J. because he gives us another wing scorer,” Brownell said. “Damarcus Harrison (11 points) did a good job for us but it hurts not to have K.J. out there.”
The sophomore forward is doubtful for the Miami game on Saturday but is expected back for the ACC Tournament opener on March 14.
YOUTH IS SERVED
Much has been made of how young the Clemson basketball team is this year but it can’t compare to the youth that dots the Boston College roster.
When the teams hit the court on Tuesday the Eagles started two freshmen and three sophomores, and don’t have a senior on the team (although Andrew Van Nest is a grad student).
Two of the team’s top scorers are freshmen while the top gun, Ryan Anderson, is a sophomore who came into Tuesday’s game averaging 15 points per night.
It was freshman guard Olivier Hanlan who did the most damage in this one, lighting up the home team for 24 points.