Virginia 61, Clemson 50
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)—Donte Minter scored 10 points in a span of 6 1/2 minutes in the second half Tuesday night and lifted Virginia to a 61-50 victory over Clemson in a offensive nightmare for both teams.
J.R. Reynolds added 11 second-half points for Virginia (12-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which trailed 31-29 with 12:11 to play until Reynolds and Minter scored 19 of the Cavaliers next 24 points.
Clemson (8-8, 1-4) shot just 31.6 percent despite 20 offensive rebounds— they turned them into just 15 points—and had 23 turnovers.
The night was particlarly difficult for Tigers freshman point guard Vernon Hamilton, a Richmond native, who scored only four points on 1-for-7 shooting and had nine turnovers and no assists in 21 minutes.
Reynolds and Minter, both freshmen, finally got Virginia out of a long scoring funk when Reynolds made a 3-pointer—just the second of the game in 22 tries to that point—and Minter followed with two free throws and an inside basket, giving Virginia a 36-31 lead with 9:47 to play.
After the Tigers scored four straight, Minter hit a baseline jumper, Reynolds hit another 3 and Gary Forbes, another freshman, scored inside, giving the Cavaliers a 43-35 lead. The Tigers scored the next eight to tie it at 43 with 7:09 left, but Devin Smith answered with a 3-pointer, Minter hit two more free throws and added another jumper and the Cavs led 50-44.
After Clemson’s Akin Akingbala hit a free throw, Reynolds made his third 3-pointer in four tries and the Cavaliers’ lead was comfortable.
Besides Reynolds, the rest of the players were 4-for-43 from 3-point range. The teams made a combined 26 of 46 free throws, and Virginia shot 44.7 percent but had 19 turnovers and was outrebounded 41-31.
The game was tied at 20 after a brutal first half in which the teams each had 11 turnovers and totaled just 17 field goals. Clemson had 13 offensive rebounds, but just 12 second-chance points. It shot 25 percent.
The Tigers had one stretch where they went 5:46 without a point, but Virginia scored just four in the stretch and when Sharrod Ford hit a free throw to break the Tigers’ drought, it tied the game at 7 with 10:37 left.