Once again the Tigers came up just short on the road falling 65-67 at Virginia Tech. Freshman K.J. McDaniels led a 13-3 Clemson run to end the game but missed free throws that would have tied the game with three seconds remaining.
McDanields got his first start for the Tigers and had his best overall game with 14 points, five rebounds, five blocks and two assists. Andre Young also led the Tigers with 14 points.
The Tigers struggled from three only hitting 2-17. Clemson finished the night shooting 38 percent from the field.
Clemson struggled early only scoring three points in the first seven minutes of the game as Virginia Tech ran out to a 12-3 lead. Erick Green hit two free throws for the Hokies with 10:54 remaining in the half to make the score 23-7.
With 2:23 remaining Virginia Tech had their largest lead of the game at 36-19. At the half the Tigers trailed 42-38.
The Tigers finally got within ten when Bernard Sullivan made a three point play with 4:05 remaining to cut the lead to nine.
K.J. McDaniels score six points in the final two minutes including two jams.
Clemson got with the ball with 24 seconds remaining only down two. K.J. McDaniels drove the ball to the rim with three seconds remaining and was fouled. McDaniels missed the first free throw. On the second the K.J. missed on purpose and the ball was tipped out to Tanner Smith who tried a fadeaway jumper from the baseline as time ran out.
With the loss Clemson fell to 11-11 on the season and 3-5 in the ACC.