Boston College scheduled a trap game for the last day in January and the No. 20 Clemson Tigers got snared.
The Eagles put together a 40-minute effort to register a 62-54 upset victory over the Tigers before a boisterous crowd at Conte Forum.
“I don’t want to say that (trap game) because that would be disrespectful to Boston College,” said Clemson coach Brad Brownell. “We lost because they out-competed us.”
BC improved to 11-12 overall and 5-7 in the ACC with their second home win against a ranked opponent. BC beat No. 20 Virginia Tech 70-65 in overtime on Dec. 21. Clemson fell to 18-5 and 10-2 in the league. BC hadn’t beat two ranked opponents in the same season since 2017-18. BC will host Syracuse on Saturday (5 p.m.).
Makai Ashton-Langford led BC with 15 points while point guard Jaeden Zackery added 13. Hunter Tyson led Clemson with 22 points.
“This was another step forward to us and we don’t care who is ranked, who is at the top of the ACC, the middle or the bottom,” said Zackery. “No matter who is playing who in the ACC, it is going to be competitive.”
Leading by seven at the break, Ashton-Lanford led a BC push to take a 39-30 lead into the first media timeout. BC took a hit when Post got tagged for his third foul with 15:51 to play.
BC went up 45-35 on a pull up in the paint by Prince Aligbe with 14:12 remaining. The Tigers emerged from their sleepwalk with six unanswered points to cut the lead to 45-41 into the second media timeout. BC’s problems were compounded when Post picked up his fourth personal with 10:13 to play.
Clemson tied the game 45-45 on two free throws by R.J Godfrey with 7:42 to play. T.J. Bickerstaff, who replaced Post, hit a free throw and banked one off the glass to give BC a 50-45 lead with 5:13 on the board.
Ashton-Langford drove the lane with 1:05 to play to give BC a 54-49 lead. Ashton-Lanford closed the deal with two from the line with 32 seconds to play. Tigers went the final 13:16 minutes of the game without a field goal.
“Coach (Earl Grant) set a play for me to try and get into the lane,” said Ashton-Langford. “Once I saw the opening, I had tunnel vision at that point to get to the basket and make a big-time play.”
Tyson found sweet spot at the top of the key with consecutive treys to put the Tigers up 8-2 into the first media timeout. Conversely, BC was 0-for-5 from the floor before Ashton-Lanford netted a jumper at 14:45.
BC made inroads and cut the Tigers’ lead to 12-8 on a jumper at 12:31, but Hall countered with a 3-ball from the top of the key to put Clemson up by seven into the second media timeout.
Clemson jumped to a 19-8 lead, but guard Mason Madsen contained the hemorrhage with a corner trey and Zackery followed with a trifecta and a put back. BC closed the half on 22-4 run and led 30-23 at the intermission.