#4 Virginia guts out tough 64-57 road win at Clemson
UVA (23-6, 12-5 ACC) led 12-0 five minutes in, but the Tigers, 7-1 at home in ACC play coming in, cut the deficit to 33-27 at the half, and took their first lead of the game, at 35-34, on an 8-1 run fueled by Jaron Blossomgame, who had a monster offensive game.
The 6’7” junior, who had 23 points in a 69-62 loss in Charlottesville last month, torched the ‘Hoos for 31 on Tuesday, on 10-of-16 shooting from the field.
But he had no help, as his teammates were a combined 10-for-30 on the night.
Clemson (16-13, 9-8 ACC) led 47-46 with 6:50 left on a three-pointer by Gabe Devoe, but a layup-and-one by Anthony Gill on UVA’s next possession gave Virginia the lead.
London Perrantes answered a Blossomgame three with a three of his own with 2:44 to go to push the lead to four, at 56-52, and it would get no closer from there.
Malcolm Brogdon led Virginia with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Perrantes had 13 points, and Anthony Gill had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
UVA shot 40.4 percent from the floor (21-of-52) and was 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from three-point range.
Clemson finished at 43.5 percent from the floor (20-of-46) and was 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) from three.
The Cavs outrebounded the Tigers 34-27 and committed just eight turnovers while forcing 12 Clemson miscues.
Virginia Team Notes
- Virginia has a five-game winning streak vs. Clemson, including a pair of wins this season
- UVA has recorded 23 or more wins for four consecutive seasons for the first time since 1980-83
- UVA has 12 or more ACC wins for three straight seasons for the first time since 1981-83
• The Cavaliers are 5-6 in true road contests, including 4-5 in ACC play
- UVA started the game with a 12-0 run over the first 5:04 and held Clemson to 0-10 FGs during that span
- UVA was 9-of-19 from 3-point range, including 6-10 in the first half
- Clemson gained its first lead at 16:14 of the second half on a Jaron Blossomgame 3-pointer
- Blossomgame (31 points) scored Clemson’s first eight points of the second half
- The Cavaliers out-rebounded Clemson 34-27
Virginia Player Notes
- Malcolm Brogdon led Virginia in scoring for the 19th game with 18 points
- Brogdon has made 39 consecutive free throws dating back to the Jan. 24 contest vs. Syracuse (school record is 48 by Jeff Lamp)
- Anthony Gill recorded his third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds
- Gill passed Adam Hall (1,104 points from 1999-2002) for 41st on UVA’s all-time scoring ledger with 1,105 career points as a Cavalier
- Devon Hall had a career-high seven rebounds