GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Virginia 85, Clemson 50

CLEMSON, S.C. - Sam Hauser and Tomas Woldetensae had 14 points and four 3-pointers each to lead the 18th-ranked Cavaliers to their 11th straight win over Clemson, 85-50.

Virginia (9-2, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) used accurate shooting and a stingy defense to open a double-digit lead and won by its biggest margin in ACC play since topping Wake Forest 70-34 in February 2015.

Clemson (9-2, 3-2 ACC) entered as the league's best in fewest points allowed per game. Instead, Virginia took control from the start with their accurate shooting and their own defensive grit.

Virginia, second in the ACC to Clemson in fewest points allowed this season, forced the Tigers to shoot from way outside, something they couldn't do with success against the Cavaliers. The Tigers finished 5 of 23 (21.7%) from long range.

Aamir Simms hit Clemson's first field goal less than a minute in, then went ice cold from the field as the Tigers missed their next 13 shots over a 10-minute span while Virginia opened a double-digit lead.

When Tigers freshman PJ Hall finally broke the shooting drought, Virginia was ahead 20-5 and cruising.

Hauser hit 4 of 5 from behind the arc as he hit for double figures for the 10th time in 11 games.

Woldetensae had season highs in points and 3s. Trey Murphy III added 13 points, while Kihei Clark and Jay Huff had 12 points each for Virginia.

Hall, Clemson's 6-foot-10 freshman, led the Tigers with eight points. Clemson gave up a season-high 15 3-pointers.

Virginia had its fun in slicing up Clemson's defense in the opening half, making 13 of 25 shots the first 20 minutes as it stretched the lead to 24 points.


Associated Press

January 16, 2021