It was Senior Day at Littlejohn. And it possibly was NCAA Tournament play-in day as well for Clemson and Virginia Tech. With 4th place in the ACC and a first day bye for the league tournament next week on the line, the Tigers came up big with a victory 69-60. And with a 20-10 overall mark and 9-7 league record, the Tigers likely sewed up their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Tigers, riding the emotion of the Senior Day crowd, got off to quick start building a 24-9 lead on a Demontez Stitt three pointer midway thru the first half. But the Hokies finished the half on a 21-10 run to make it 34-30 at the break.
The Tigers started the second half with a flurry outscoring the Hokies 15-5 to build a 49-35 lead with 10:00 left. Tech went over five minutes without scoring during that stretch.
With the Tigers leading 51-37, the Hokies scored seven unanswered points to cut the lead to 51-44 with 6:06 left. But Clemson responded with an 8-0 run to rebuild the advantage to 59-44 with 3:20 to play.
Tech did get as close as seven in the final ninety seconds but the Tigers hit enough of their foul shots to seal the win.