Tigers crush Hokies

Clemson improves to 7-6 in the ACC after Saturday's win over Virginia Tech.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Jordan Roper scored 21 points, going 5-of-6 on 3-pointers, and Clemson ran past Virginia Tech 75-54 on Saturday. Roper hit three straight 3s as the Tigers (15-10, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference opened a 19-4 lead. Roper and Clemson were off and running again at the start of the second half, the Tigers making five consecutive 3-pointers to lead 58-24 with 16:10 remaining.

Clemson's 11 3-pointers were a season high and one shy of the most long-range baskets hit in a game in coach Brad Brownell's five seasons.

Jaron Blossomgame had 14 points and two 3-pointers for the Tigers.

Virginia Tech ((10-15, 2-10) had rallied from 10 points down to beat Georgia Tech 65-63 in its last game. The Hokies had no chance to climb from this hole as Clemson pushed the lead to 35 points in the second half.

Malik Muller led Virginia Tech with 17 points off five 3-pointers.

Clemson's points were a season high in ACC play this year.

Virginia Tech's troubles away from home continued. The Hokies lost their sixth straight road game in the ACC this season. They are 1-9 this year outside of their arena, the lone win coming at the Cancun Challenge in November over Miami of Ohio.

Clemson came in after losing tight games at Miami on Sunday and at home against No. 10 Notre Dame on Tuesday night. The Tigers led the Irish 56-52 with four minutes left, yet fell 60-58 as Damarcus Harrison's 3-pointer was off the mark.

Almost nothing from the outside was off target early on against Virginia Tech. Clemson hit its first five 3-pointers, three by Roper on the way to a 19-4 lead over the first six minutes.

The Hokies couldn't get closer than 14 points the rest of the way. They finished the half with more turnovers (8) than made field goals (7). Adam Smith, Virginia Tech's leading scorer coming in, was 1 of 4 shooting in the opening period.

Smith finished with 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting.

Muller, who's late 3-pointer on Monday night rallied Virginia Tech past Georgia Tech 65-63, kept up his hot shooting from outside with three 3-pointers to keep the lead from getting further out of hand.

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Virginia Tech: The Hokies started a difficult five-game stretch at Clemson. They have road games at Miami, North Carolina State and Virginia. The one home game in that sequence? Against Duke.

Clemson: Tigers point guard Rod Hall played all 40 minutes in the 60-58 loss to No. 10 Notre Dame on Tuesday night. It was the first time a player's done that since Cliff Hammonds went the whole game against Boston College in 2007. Hall played 31 minutes against Virginia Tech.


Virginia Tech continues its road swing at Miami on Wednesday night.

Clemson plays at Georgia Tech on Monday night.

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