Clemson saw their offensive dry up in the final nine minutes of the game and watched Virginia pull away to a 75-65 win at Littlejohn Coliseum Tuesday night. The Cavaliers avenged a home loss to the Tigers last month and won their sixth straight game against the Tigers in the Palmetto State (one win came in Greenville). And the Tigers had their 12-game home winning streak snapped.
Clemson matched Virginia pretty much shot for shot over the first 31 minutes of the game. Both teams played good offense and the Tigers passed effectively and hit open shots. But that changed after PJ Hall hit a three-pointer to give the Tigers a 57-56 lead with 8:08 to play. The Tigers missed their next seven shots and Virginia took advantage to build a 69-60 lead with 2:20 to play.
Clemson got as close as six points with :53 left, but Virginia closed out the scoring with four three throws while the Tigers missed their final two shots.
Hunter Tyson led four Tigers in double-figures with 15 points. He also grabbed a team high 9 rebounds. Virginia, which shot 54% from the floor and made 21-24 from the line, was led by Jayden Gardner with 23 points.
The Tigers are 8-6 overall and 2-2 in the ACC. They will play Saturday at NC State.