CLEMSON, S.C. -- Milton Jennings scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half as Clemson pulled away from Virginia for a 59-44 Atlantic Coast Conference victory Saturday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Sparked by Jennings, who made four 3-pointers in the second half, Clemson connected on 10-of-14 shots in the second half.
Jennings' 16 second-half points matched his total output in the Tigers' first two ACC games of the season.
The senior forward, who struggled miserably and managed just six points in Clemson's 28-point loss at top-ranked Duke on Tuesday, was a different player against the Cavaliers, connecting on 5 of 8 shots from beyond the arc and corralling a game-high 11 rebounds.
Fellow senior Devin Booker narrowly missed his third straight double-double in ACC play, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Clemson held Virginia to its lowest point total since a 63-44 loss at Boston College in 2011 and the Tigers (9-6, 1-2 ACC) avoided their first 0-3 start in ACC play since 1999-2000.
Virginia, which had won 10 of its last 12 games, slipped to 11-5, 1-2.
Joe Harris scored 14 points to lead the Cavaliers and was the lone double-digit scorer for Virginia.
Clemson, coming off its worst performance of the season at Duke, showed plenty of grit against a defensive-minded Virginia squad that entered the game ranked third nationally in scoring defense.
The game was close throughout the first half. There were four lead changes and five ties in the first half, and neither team led by more than four points, but Clemson managed to forge ahead 24-20 by halftime.
The Tigers went 7:40 without a field goal late in the half, but stayed close by connecting on 9 of 13 free throws and forcing nine Virginia turnovers.
The second half was a different story. Jennings hit back-to-back 3s early in the second half as Clemson bolted to a nine-point lead, 33-24, 5 minutes in. Virginia cut the Tigers' lead to four on a 3-pointer by Evan Nolte with 14 minutes to play, but that was as close as the Cavaliers got.
Notes: Clemson freshman guard Jordan Roper, who was averaging 20 minutes and 6.2 points per game, missed Saturday's game with an ankle injury. ... Freshman Adonis Filer leads Clemson with 57 free throw attempts; the last freshman to lead the team in free throw attempts was Sharone Wright in 1991-92. ... Virginia's freshmen are averaging 23.3 points per game, which is the highest figure since Cavaliers freshmen averaged 27.3 points in 2003-04. ... Virginia junior forward Akil Mitchell is averaging career-highs in points (12.6) and rebounds (9.3).