Tigers Fall at Virginia

With 93 seconds remaining, the Clemson basketball team held a one-point lead and was in position to do something it hadn't done in nine years, win its first two ACC games.

However, during that span, the bugaboo that has plagued the Tigers all season reared its ugly head as they missed four of their next five shots, including two in close, and Virginia took the 64-58 victory Saturday afternoon in front of 8,279 at University Hall.

Clemson falls to 12-3 overall and 1-1 in the ACC, while the Cavaliers improve to 7-5 overall and 1-1 in the ACC to give first-year coach Dave Leitao his first conference win.

After struggling mightily shooting from the floor one game ago against Florida State, the Tigers followed that up with an equally poor shooting game against Virginia as they shot just 39.7 percent from the field, including a horrendous 6-of-24 from three-point range.

Clemson guard Shawan Robinson continued his problems by making just 3-of-9 shots overall and only making one of his seven three-point attempts.

Conversely, the Cavaliers were 6-of-11 from behind the arc.

Even though the shots weren't falling from the outside, the Tigers still settled for those shots. And as a result, they took just seven free throws for the game ironically enough on a day when they actually were making them. Clemson hit six of the seven attempts.

Virginia, meanwhile, made 18 of its 22 free throw attempts. And in a close game such as this, that's all the difference in the world.

Another big discrepancy came in rebounds, where the Cavaliers won battle 39-21, although they only had one more offensive board than Clemson.

After trailing 31-26 at halftime and by 10 at 52-42 with 8:09 left to play in the game, the Tigers went on an 11-0 run to take a 53-52 lead on a Cliff Hammonds jumper with 4:40 remaining.

The two teams swapped baskets and with 1:33 to go, Clemson held 56-55 advantage. And that's when the Tigers went cold.

Hammonds and point guard Vernon Hamilton each missed shots in close, while Hamilton and Robinson each missed a three-pointer. Virginia made seven free throws in the final minute to ice the win.

Hammonds led the Tigers with 14 points, while Hamilton added 13. Virginia was paced by Adrian Joseph's 19 points and Sean Singletary's 17 points.

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