Clemson, SC – The Tigers defeated Virginia Tech 58-56 Thursday night at Littlejohn Coliseum on Senior Day. The victory puts Clemson in a tie for fourth place in the ACC heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
Tanner Smith led the Tigers with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Devin Booker added 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. Andre Young had ten points, one rebound and two assists in his final regular season game at Littlejohn.
Clemson struggled from three going 0-10 on the night. It was the first ACC win for the Tigers when they didn’t hit a three since February of 1990.
The Tigers also struggled from the free throw line. Clemson was 14-25 from the line and kept the Hokies in the game late with missed free throws.
Virginia Tech jumped out to a 7-2 lead. With 14:26 remaining in the half Erick Green scored for the Hokies to stretch the lead to ten at 16-6.
Clemson went on an 18-8 run to tie the game at 24 with 6:13 in the half when Milton Jennings hit a jumper. Jennings was fouled on the play and hit a free throw to give the Tigers their first lead.
Devin Coleman drove the lane and dunked with eight seconds remaining in the half to give Clemson a 33-31 lead.
Devin Coleman and Tanner Smith led the Tigers in scoring in the first half with six points.
Virginia Tech went on a 5-0 run to start the second half and take a 36-33 lead. Tanner Smith hit a jumper at the 16:08 mark to end a 7-0 run and put Clemson on top 40-36.
With 10:05 remaining Tanner Smith hit a layup to give the Tigers their biggest lead of the night 47-39. The Hokies battled back to tie the game at 54 with 3:48 to go.
Tanner Smith hit two free throws with 2:45 remaining to put Clemson on top 58-56. Neither team would score the rest of the way.
The Tigers moved to 16-13 on the season and 8-7 in the ACC with the victory. Clemson battles Florida State Sunday with a chance to win a first round bye in the ACC tournament.