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Rahon's 26 points leads BC past Clemson 75-68

Rahon's 26 points leads BC past Clemson 75-68

BOSTON (AP) Freshman Joe Rahon scored a season-high 26 points and Boston College snapped a five-game losing streak with a 75-68 win over Clemson despite nearly blowing a 17-point lead in the closing 5 1/2 minutes Saturday.

The Eagles (10-11, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) surpassed their victory total of last season, when they went 9-22.

Lonnie Jackson added 14 points and Ryan Anderson 12 for Boston College.

Devin Booker scored 20 points and became the 36th player in Clemson history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, joining older brother Trevor (2009) as the second brother combo in school history. Randy and Richie Mahaffey did it in the 1960s.

The Tigers (12-9, 4-5) were shooting near 30 percent until they started to hit from long range in the closing 7 minutes, but it came too late.

Milton Jennings had 13 points and Jordan Roper 11 for the Tigers, who had won their last two games.

Jackson's 3-pointer from the left wing gave BC a 65-48 lead, but the Tigers scored the next 13 points, slicing the deficit to four on Jennings' jumper with 2:32 left.

Adonis Filer's 3 cut it to 67-66 with 75 seconds left, but Anderson followed with a layup on the Eagles' ensuing possession.

Jennings' long 3-point attempt then went off the front rim before Jackson sealed it by hitting four free throws in the final 30 seconds.

The Tigers fell to 4-7 in games away from Littlejohn Coliseum.

BC jumped to a 15-6 edge in the opening 10 minutes, taking advantage of Clemson's horrible shooting. The Tigers missed 18 of their initial 22 shots, many from close range and a large number of those on put-back attempts.

The noon start had both teams looking like they were trying to get used to playing basketball in the opening 3 minutes, with a number of passes being bobbled or lost out of bounds.

Clemson sliced BC's lead to 18-14 on Booker's free throw before the Eagles closed the half with a 12-5 spree to pull to a 30-19 advantage at intermission.

The Tigers shot just 23.1 percent in the first half (6 of 26).

In the second half, BC pushed its lead to 44-27 on Rahon's free throw with 15:39 to play. The Tigers never seemed to get into a rhythm offensively, struggling to get decent looks against the smaller Eagles.

After BC opened its 17-point lead, Clemson tried some full-court pressure, but the Eagles responded with a wide-open 3 by Rahon from the right corner and an easy backdoor cut for a layup by Jackson.

Clemson's frustration on offense showed with just under 10 minutes to play when Booker missed an easy put-back and threw an elbow at Patrick Heckmann when he was fouled, drawing a technical for his excessive aggressiveness.

Anderson's foul-line jumper gave BC a 57-37 edge with 9 1/2 minutes to play.

With just under 10 minutes left in the game, the Tigers were still shooting 29 percent. But consecutive 3s by Roper cut it to 60-48 with just over 6 minutes left.

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Caps Top 20 Goals Countdown - Goal 6 - Ovechkin opens Game 7 vs TB with a bang

Caps Top 20 Goals Countdown - Goal 6 - Ovechkin opens Game 7 vs TB with a bang

Always the emotional leader of the Capitals, Alex Ovechkin knew that when he woke up on May 23, 2018, that he had the chance to alter the course of his personal history and help push the Capitals to its first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1998.

Before the puck dropped on a win-or-go-home Game 7, the determination was painted on Ovechkin’s face and on his first shift in the game just 1:02 into the contest in Tampa Bay, the Capitals captain found the back of the net with a one-timer from the point to put his stamp on the game.

Number 6 on our countdown of the Top 20 Goals of the Stanley Cup run is Ovechkin’s opener in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final which catapulted the Capitals to a 4-0 win on the road.

After a strong backcheck and hit by Tom Wilson at center dislodged the puck from Chris Kunitz, he and Evgeny Kuznetsov turned the puck back towards the Lightning zone with Ovechkin trailing the play up the left wing. A drop pass from Wilson right after he crossed the blue line left Kuznetsov with the space needed to whip the puck across the zone to Ovechkin who wasted no time in firing past an unsuspecting Andrei Vasilevskiy for the opening goal of the pivotal game.

The site of one of Ovechkin’s iconic celebrations, the infamous “hot stick” celebration when the captain tallied his 50th goal of the season in 2009, Tampa has always treated the Great 8 kindly as the top line winger entered the 2018 postseason with 14 goals in 22 regular season games in the city. After the Caps finally clinched their spot back in the Stanley Cup Final, Tampa likely will always have a special place in the hearts of Capitals fans and Ovechkin alike.

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Bryce Harper on facing the Nationals: 'It's definitely going to be weird'

Bryce Harper on facing the Nationals: 'It's definitely going to be weird'

Bryce Harper's felt the love in Philly from day one, he told reporters on Tuesday.

And when he comes to his old stomping grounds next week to face the Nationals, he knows it's going to be strange.

“The Nationals are a great team, and are gonna be a great team this year and everybody knows that," he said. "For me, I just want to focus on what we can as a team; as a clubhouse and control what we can.”

"It’s definitely going to be weird walking into opposing clubhouse and seeing the other guys from afar," he added of his impending April 2 trip to Washington. "I wish those guys nothing but the best on that side of the baseball."

But that doesn't mean he's missing his old teammates. In fact, he said, everything's been just great with his new teammates from day one.

"From day one, it felt right," he said. "I always talk about family and being a family and one unit. I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. So, I'm very excited to go to battle with these guys.”

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