Yes! Clemson Stuns Virginia

The Clemson Tigers came through for Larry Shyatt in a big way for the 2nd consecutive game Tuesday night, stunning the #7 Virginia Cavaliers 68-52. It was the first time since the 1998-99 season that the Clemson Tigers have won back to back games in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Yes Clemson fans you have a basketball team, and you know what?

They aren't all that bad.

The Tigers took care of business in a big way Tuesday night, beating the Virginia Cavaliers 68-52 behind some hot shooting from Jamar McKnight and Ed Scott, and a stiff 2-3 zone defense.

McKnight led the Tigers by scoring a career high 25 points (9-20 from the field, 3-7 from 3-point range, and 7 rebounds).

"I think we came out and executed. We said we would put Virginia against the 2-3 zone and see what would happened. Last year they had Donald Hand, but this year they don't really have any big 3-point shooters and we took advantage of that. We collapsed everything and they couldn't get it started tonight," said McKnight.

Clemson would take an early lead behind a 2-3 zone defense that forced Virginia into taking more outside shots than normal. The end result-the Cavs finished the first half making only 1 of 10 field goals from behind the arc.

The Tigers bolted out to a 19-15 lead with about 7 minutes remaining in the first half, thanks in large part to the slashing drives and long shots of guards Jamar McKnight and Ed Scott.

McKnight was able to break down the Virginia press off the dribble, and Scott was drilling the deep three, just like he did against Georgia Tech this past Saturday.

Virginia would erase the Tigers' small lead with a 6-0 run to make it 21-21 with just over 4 minutes remaining in the first half.

Fortunately, Clemson would jump back on top right before the break, taking a 27-25 lead at halftime despite shooting just 10-34 in the first half (29%). Virginia would not fair much better, as the Cavs could only manage 35% from the field.

The second half was a different story, as the cold shooting would continue for Virginia, but not for the Tigers.

Ed Scott nailed 2 deep 3-pointers early in the 2nd half to help the Tigers increase their 2-point lead to 10.

Leading 50-40 lead with 9:05 remaining, Clemson's zone defense would continue to pack it in- daring Virginia to shoot the open three.

As the frustration mounted for the Cavalier basketball team, you could see it on Head Coach Pete Gillen's face.

He would call his last timeout of the entire game with almost seven and a half minutes remaining. Tony Stockman's 3-pointer, giving the Tigers an impressive 14-point cushion would cause him to do it. And the Tigers weren't finished giving the Virginia head coach headaches just yet.

Jamar McKnight would follow up Stockman's three point field goal with one of this own to give the Tigers their biggest lead at 17 points. In fact, Clemson was smack in the middle of a 23-7 run to take complete control of the game.

The Tigers would keep Virginia at bay the rest of the way as Ed Scott and Jamar McKnight took turns breaking the Cavaliers half court press, and hitting clutch shot after clutch shot.

The Cavaliers rose as high as No. 4 in the rankings with nine straight victories, but Virginia was beaten at home by North Carolina State 81-74 last Saturday, and now have lost their second game in a row to Clemson.

When it was over, Clemson fans rushed the court as they did last February when the Tigers upset then-No. 1 North Carolina 75-65. Tomas Nagys dumped a water bottle on coach Larry Shyatt's head to celebrate the Tigers' first win over Virginia in five tries.

With the win the Tigers improve to 11-5 on the year and 2-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference action.

Other Notes: Clemson handled the Cavaliers press beautifully, turning the ball over only 12 times.

It was the first time since the 1998-99 season that the Clemson Tigers have won back to back games in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Virginia finished 2-of-25 (8%) from three point range for the game.

Clemson shot 16-of-30 in the 2nd half (53%) and 5-9 from 3-point range.

Chris Hobbs was held to just 4 points on 2-of-4 shooting. Virginia was led in scoring by Roger Mason with 19 points. He was the only Virginia player that scored in double figures.

The Cavs and Tigers both registered 43 rebounds.

This marks the first time since 1997 that the Tigers sit above .500 in ACC play. Top Stories