Virginia pulls off stunning comeback at Clemson
Clemson, SC (Sports Network) – Jason Cain’s tip-in with 15.5 seconds to play
ended an unbelievable 16-point comeback, as the Virginia Cavaliers edged the
19th-ranked Clemson Tigers, 64-63, at Littlejohn Coliseum.
J.R. Reynolds scored 18 points while Sean Singletary and Adrian Joseph each
netted 11 for the Cavaliers (13-6, 5-2 ACC), who have won four in row.
Singletary pulled down seven rebounds and Mamadi Diane added 10 points in the
Vernon Hamilton poured in 16 points and Cliff Hammonds donated 13 for the
Tigers (18-4, 4-4), who have lost two straight games in the final seconds.
James Mays had 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the setback.
Clemson fought back to tie Duke, 66-66 on Thursday, but David McClure hit a
layup just before the buzzer to give the Blue Devils a 68-66 victory.
The Tigers appeared to be cruising on Sunday after Hammonds’ three pushed the
lead to 61-45, but Virginia didn’t give up and used a 19-2 rally, including 15
straight points, to pull off the stunning come-from-behind win.
After a pair of Trevor Booker free throws, which would be the final Clemson
points, extended the lead to 63-49, Joseph drained a three before five
straight points from Reynolds. Joseph then connected on another three with
1:38 left, bringing Virginia within 63-62.
K.C. Rivers then turned the ball over by stepping out of bounds, but Diane
missed the triple-try. Singletary grabbed the offensive rebound but Joseph
missed a jumper. However, Cain was there to put in the winning bucket.
Clemson went the final 5:05 without scoring a point, missing its final seven
shots as well as three from the charity stripe while turning the ball over
Hamilton’s layup gave Clemson a 20-16 margin, but Virginia tallied nine of the
next 12 points, all coming from Reynolds, for a 25-23 lead.
Trailing 28-25 on Solomon Tat’s three-point play, the Tigers closed the half
with a 9-2 spurt, capped by Hammonds’ jumper with nine ticks on the clock, to
take a 34-30 advantage.
Two consecutive treys from the Cavaliers narrowed the gap to 37-36, but
Clemson reeled off a 21-7 run, including seven points from Hamilton and six
from Mays, for a 58-43 score with 10:09 to play.
Clemson shot 45 percent from the field, while the Cavaliers connected on 43
percent of their shots from the floor…Virginia scored 17 points off 14
Clemson turnovers…Cain finished with four points and six boards…Virginia
won the battle of the boards, 39-29…Virginia welcomes Duke on Thursday,
while the Tigers travel to Georgia Tech on Saturday.