The Virginia Cavaliers held the Clemson Tigers to just 13 points in the final 26 minutes of play with suffocating defense in a 61-36 rout in Charlottesville Tuesday night.
Clemson looked to have hope in the first half, leading by as many as seven, but Virginia’s defense shut down the Tigers’ offense from there, forcing 19 turnovers.
The Tigers shot just 31 percent from the field and the Cavaliers completely took the three-point shot away, limiting Clemson to 3-of-20 from beyond three.
Gabe DeVoe led the Tigers with 11 points, all in the first half, and Aamir Simms scored 9 points in his first game starting in-place of Donte Grantham. The biggest missing part of Grantham’s game that Clemson lacked was his passing ability, as the Tigers collected just six assists on 15 baskets.
Devon Hall led Virginia with 14, with Kyle Guy adding 12, as the Cavaliers won for the seventh consecutive time head-to-head against the Tigers.
Head Coach Brad Brownell bore the brunt of the responsibility in defeat:
Clemson (16-4, 5-3 ACC) will have to rebound with its second-straight road contest at Georgia Tech at 6 PM Sunday.