Tigers Fall to Virginia, 61-50

The Tigers had every opportunity to win their first ACC road game of the year, but Virginia used a late second half run to pull away from Clemson, 61-50. Chris Hobbs led the way for the Tigers in scoring with 13 points.

In what may be best described as an ugly basketball game, the Clemson Tigers went into halftime tied at 20 with the Virginia Cavaliers.

The game remained close through the early stages of the second half, and the Tigers actually held a one point lead with just over 12 minutes left in the game.

Unfortunately, it wouldn't be enough.

The Wahoos closed the game on an 18-7 run to run away with an 11-point win, 61-50. Freshmen J.R. Reynolds and Donte Minter led the way for Virginia with 11 and 10 points respectively.

"It was obviously not a pretty basketball game, but I thought both teams were defending pretty well in the first half," said head coach Oliver Purnell after the game.

The Tigers once again had problems protecting the basketball and shooting from the outside. Clemson committed 23 turnovers and shot just 32 percent field on the evening.

Freshman point guard Vernon Hamilton struggled mightily, commiting 9 turnovers with just 4 points and 0 assists. Chey Christie also had a difficult night, connecting on just 2-of-9 shots for 5 points.

"I was pleased to see our team come out with energy and ready to compete," added Purnell. "Defensively we had some really good stretches, but our inability to take care of the ball puts too much pressure on our defense."

The Tigers next game will be Saturday afternoon against the Maryland Terrapins at Littlejohn Colseum. Tip off is set for 6:30.

Clemson (8-8): Babalola 2-10 3-4 7, Hobbs 6-9 1-2 13, Ford 2-5 3-4 7, Hamilton 1-7 2-2 4, Christie 2-9 0-1 5, Rice 1-5 0-0 2, Hudson 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 3-10 1-2 8, Akingbala 1-2 2-6 4. Totals 18-57 12-21 50.

Virginia (12-4): Smith 4-10 1-2 10, Clark 0-1 0-2 0, Minter 3-4 4-4 10, Reynolds 4-5 0-1 11, Billet 1-4 6-7 9, Byars 1-3 0-1 2, Mapp 0-1 0-0 0, Bannister 2-4 1-2 5, Forbes 2-7 0-0 4, Cain 1-2 2-4 4, Brown 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 21-47 14-25 61.

Halftime — Tied 20-20. 3-Point goals — Clemson 2-18 (Christie 1-3, Robinson 1-4, Hamilton 0-3, Babalola 0-4, Rice 0-4), Virginia 5-18 (Reynolds 3-4, Billet 1-2, Smith 1-6, Mapp 0-1, Byars 0-2, Forbes 0-3). Fouled out — Ford, Clark, Smith. Rebounds — Clemson 41 (Ford 9), Virginia 31 (Forbes, Smith 7). Assists — Clemson 13 (Babalola 4), Virginia 11 (Billet, Reynolds 3). Total fouls — Clemson 21, Virginia 22. A — 7,129.

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