The wheels haven’t completely come off Clemson’s basketball season but they are wobbling follow a 65-58 loss at Virginia Tech Wednesday night, the Tigers’ third straight defeat. Clemson is now 20-7 overall and 9-6 in the ACC. The Hokies are 20-8 and 9-6 and with the teams battling for fourth in the league and a double-bye for the tournament, Tech will own the tiebreaker if it comes down to that.
Marcquise Reed single-handedly kept the Tigers in this one. He scored a career high 28 points, hitting 8 three pointers. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 3 assists as he assumed point guard duties in the absence of Shelton Mitchell.
Elijah Thomas also recorded a double-double with 12 and 10 and also contributed 3 blocks. For the second straight game Gabe DeVoe struggled behind the arc knocking down just 1 of 6 attempts. He finished with 8 points.
Two big statistical differences in the game….Virginia Tech scored 17 points off turnovers to Clemson’s 5 and the Hokies were 16-25 from the line while the Tigers were just 3-10.
A three pointer by Reed with 13:43 to play put the Tigers up 4. The Hokies responded with a 10-0 run and the lead eventually grew to 14 with 2:33 left in the game. Clemson got the lead down to 6 with the ball but a missed three by Reed with :27 left sealed the Tigers’ fate.
Clemson is back in action Saturday afternoon at home against Georgia Tech.
Brad Brownell post game press conference