After leading by three points at halftime, the No. 17 Virginia Cavaliers let the Clemson Tigers take a six-point lead in the second half before some hot shooting bailed them out. Virginia hit six of its last seven shots on their way to a 63-58 victory.
Virginia improved their record to 21-5, 12-1 in the ACC, while Clemson fell to 15-9, going 6-6 in the ACC.
After the game, both coaches had high praise for their opponents.
Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell:
“Disappointing loss, but I’m obviously really proud of our players. I thought our guys fought really hard and played well in a lot of ways. Credit Virginia for the way they played late in the game. Their execution offensively was really good. They finished the game like a team that is 12-1 with 21 wins and played on the road with very good poise. (Malcolm) Brogdon made six free throws down the stretch, any one of which a miss or two here would have given us an opportunity to tie and really get it going.”
Virginia Head Coach Tony Bennett
“I thought Clemson came out ready. Coach (Brad) Brownell did a good job. It wasn’t that we weren’t ready, but we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be and they scored 5 or 6 of their first possessions. We caught a break without (Landry) Nnoko playing. He’s a big factor defensively and he’s improving offensively. They did a really good job without him. It came down to us having to make some really good plays down the stretch. You don’t get anything easy against Clemson’s defense.”