Virginia 58, Clemson 55
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP)—Todd Billet scored 21 points and hit the game-winning 3-point shot with 16 seconds left to give Virginia a 58-55 victory over Clemson on Saturday.
The win gave coach Pete Gillen his 100th career victory with the Cavaliers, who had lost 18 of its previous 19 conference road games.
Billet’s 3-pointer from the left wing put Virginia (14-10, 4-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) up by one at 56-55. He hit a layup off a Tigers turnover with two seconds remaining to ice the victory.
Billet, who made 5-of-9 3-point attempts, was the only Virginia player to score in double figures.
Clemson (10-14, 3-10) was led by junior forward Olu Babalola, who scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Clemson used 29 rebounds, including 13 on the offensive end, to outscore the Cavaliers 12-0 in second chance points. The Tigers held a 28-20 lead at halftime, despite shooting just 34.4 percent from the field.
The Cavaliers were held to 29.6 percent shooting in the opening half and 12 total rebounds.
Virginia matched its first half output in the first 7:33 of the second half, which included a 14-2 run sparked by four 3-pointers, to grab 40-35 lead.
The Tigers battled back and took a 54-51 lead on a shot basket by guard Shawan Robinson with 1:58 left to play.
The Cavaliers cut it to one on a basket by Jason Clark with 35 seconds remaining, before Robinson hit 1-of-2 free throws to give the Tigers a two-point edge.
The victory marked 100th career-win for Pete Gillen as Virginia’s head coach.