Clemson needed tonight’s game to get above .500 in conference play, but instead the Tigers left Blacksburg back below the .500 mark after losing to the Hokies 70-58. Virginia Tech shot almost 60% from the field in the second half on the way to their win.
The Tigers (15-14, 9-10 ACC) trailed by five at the half and actually took a one point lead with 14 minutes left, but a 13-0 Virginia Tech run from that point destroyed any momentum Clemson had, leaving them behind by as many as 17 points.
Tevin Mack was the only Tiger to make it into double figures. He scored 12 points while Clemson’s leading scorer, Aamir Simms, was held to just five points. Al-Amir Dawes, the Tigers hero against FSU, shot just 1 of 7 from the field, and also had just five points.
Clemson made 6 of 21 three pointers in the first half and only 3 of 14 in the second half.
PJ Horne scored 17 points for Virginia Tech (16-14, 7-12) and Tyrece Radford had 16. The Hokies were hot making all eight of their second half three pointer shots, some tightly contested.