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I'll have post-game interviews posted shortly! 4th straight win for the Tigers, who are now 5-5 in the ACC! They have allowed just 43 points per game in the last 3. If FSU loses to No.16 Louisville today, the Tigers will be tied with the Noles for 7th place! Very winnable road game next against a decimated Miami team. Stay tuned!

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CLEMSON, SC - Two weeks ago today, the morale of the Tigers had to be at an all-time low after a devastating buzzer-beater loss at No.21 NC State--a game they had all but won in the last minute. That dropped the Tigers to 1-5 in the ACC after a brutal stretch of opponents to open the conference schedule. I said after the loss that I still believed this team was good enough to make it back to the NCAA Tournament, but they would have to put the loss behind them and bounce back quickly. They did exactly that.

The Tigers picked up their biggest win of the season in front of a great Littlejohn crowd on Saturday, beating No.11 Virginia Tech 59-51 to improve to 15-8 overall. It was the fourth straight win for the Tigers, who are now 5-5 in the ACC! They have allowed just 43 points per game in the last 3, and Eli Thomas has 19 blocks in those 3 games. Even more impressively, he has played just 69 minutes in those 3 games, so he's averaging a block every three and a half minutes over that stretch!

Shelton Mitchell had a sensational first half, going 6-7 for 18 points with five 3's and a 4-point play, and finished with 22 points. Leading scorer Marcquise Reed only scored 5 points in the first half and 15 in the game, so Mitchell's big game was just what the Tigers needed. Mitchell has been up and down this season but usually shoots well in Littlejohn. Things looked dicey for a while in the second half when both Eli Thomas and Aamir Simms were on the bench with 4 fouls apiece and over 8 minutes to play. However, the Tigers got a big 3-pointer from David Skara and some unlikely points from freshman Hunter Tyson, who had a pretty baseline reverse layup just before halftime and a clutch 3-pointer late in the game to put the Tigers up by 7.

If FSU loses to No. 16 Louisville today, the Tigers will be tied for 7th place with the Noles, who they play in Littlejohn in 10 days. The Tigers have a very winnable road game next on Wednesday against a decimated Miami team, followed by a tough road game at No.16 Louisville next Saturday. The Tigers are riding high right now, and not many would have predicted that they could be 6-5 in the ACC and knocking on the door of the rankings with a win at Miami this week!

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Behind 22 points and a career-high five 3-pointers from graduate senior guard Shelton Mitchell, Clemson University men’s basketball gritted out a win over No. 11/10Virginia Tech – holding them to just 28.3 percent shooting from the field in a 59-51 victory.

The Tigers (15-8, 5-5 ACC) held the No. 1-ranked field goal percentage team in the ACC and No. 40 overall in the country to a dismal 28.3 percent shooting, including just 26.3 percent from long range. The 28.3 percent shooting was the lowest of the season for Virginia Tech.

Mitchell led with his 22 points – 18 of which came in the opening stanza. Marcquise Reed hit two big 3-pointers and finished 7-for-7 at the charity stripe.

Elijah Thomas tied his career-high with seven blocked shots – giving the big man 19 blocks in his last three games.

Clemson engineered a 14-0 run in the early going, including 12-straight points from Mitchell to race out to a nine-point advantage and never looked back as the Tigers led the Hokies (18-5, 7-4 ACC) for 35:43 of game play.

After taking a four-point lead into the break, the Tigers were able to fend off the Hokies at every turn. Virginia Tech closed to within three points on five occasions in the second half, including to just one at 41-40.

With that narrow one-point advantage following a Kerry Blackshear Jr. jumper, Clemson received huge shots – both 3-pointers – from Reed and freshman forward Hunter Tyson to push the lead back to seven.

The lead closed to three again at 47-44 and Reed yet again hit another big three. The next trip down the floor following a missed shot, David Skara hit a tough step-back three to tie Clemson for its largest lead of the game at nine and the Tigers were able to close out the eight-point victory.

Skara finished with three points, but it was his defense that mattered most on Saturday. Skara held the Hokies’ leading scorer, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, to just 3-for-14 shooting from the floor.

Notes: Clemson won its fourth league game in a row … with the win the Tigers improved to 26-3 (.897) at Littlejohn in its last 29 games … also with the win head coach Brad Brownell won his 164th game at Clemson – leaving him 13 shy of tying Cliff Ellis for the most in school history … the win snapped a four-game losing streak to Virginia Tech and earned the program’s 16th victory all-time against the Hokies … with four steals in the contest, Marcquise Reed improved from 15th to 13th on the all-time list at Clemson … Reed now has 145 steals as a Tiger … he stands alone in fifth all-time with 1.65 steals per contest … with 15 points it marked Reed’s 60th double-digit scoring game of his career – just 10 shy of tying Butch Zatezalo (1967-70) and Larry Nance (1977-81) for 16th all-time at Clemson … Elijah Thomas tied his career-high of seven blocked shots today … he has blocked 19 shots over just the last three contests … Thomas now has 158 blocks in his Clemson career – 19 shy of tying Sharrod Ford (2001-05) for ninth on the all-time list … Thomas also jumped to fourth all-time in Clemson history with 1.93 blocks per game in his career … Thomas led the Tigers with nine rebounds and now has 563 in his Clemson career … Thomas is 41 rebounds shy of tying Horace Wyatt (1978-82) for 25th on the all-time list … Hunter Tyson tied his career-high with two made field goals … Shelton Mitchell notched a new career-high with five made 3-pointers … Mitchell posted his eighth 20-point game of his career … Mitchell’s 22 points ties a season high … the Hokies 28.3 percent shooting from the field was their lowest of the season.

CUTrevor 2019-02-09 18:48:13

FSU pulled out an overtime win at home over Louisville, so the Tigers remain in 8th place. Louisville should have won in regulation, up 4 with a minute left, but they turned it over under their own basket, allowing FSU to tie.