Virginia Tech traveled to South Carolina to take on the 11-7/1-5 Clemson Tigers. The Hokies, seeking their first road conference win since last season, were facing a desperate Clemson team that had lost their last five games. It was a tight one throughout, with neither team leading the other by more than 8. Both the Tigers and the Hokies responded well when the other team went on a mini-run.
The Hokies shot the ball relatively well, especially in the second half. But Clemson matched that due to their proficiency shooting the three ball. At halftime, the Tigers had already made 7 threes on 53% efficiency which kept them in the game. However, Virginia Tech was much quicker on their rotations in the second half and forced Clemson to put the ball on the floor. The Tigers finished shooting the ball 48% from deep, with one three coming on the final play of the game.
The real star of the game was Seth Allen. He only had 2 points at the break, but exploded for 15 in the second half including a dagger three with under 30 seconds left. Allen continues to be a leader for this Hokies team, and he finished the game with 17/3/6 on 60% shooting.
The Hokies did a great job finishing tonight’s game after some shaky moments against Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. They shot 94.1% from the charity stripe, missing just one of their 17 attempts. Many of them kept the lead at two possessions which did not allow Clemson to come back.
Clemson’s star forward Jaron Blossomgame led the way for the Tigers, posting 20/5/2 and hit on 3-4 from deep.
The Hokies visit the #9 (likely to change) Tar Heels on Thursday night.