February 7, 2008
K.C. Rivers scored 32 points to lead Clemson, as Virginia was topped by the Tigers tonight, 82-51. The loss drops the Cavaliers' record to 11-10, 1-7 in the ACC, and extends their losing streak to five games. Virginia has also lost eight of its last nine games.
Virginia jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half, but that was as good as it got for the Wahoos. Adrian Joseph scored the first nine points for the Cavs, as the game was tied at nine, but Clemson proceeded to go on a 19-2 run to open things up. The Tigers went into halftime leading 40-24, leaving the Cavaliers scratching their heads.
The second half was dominated by the Tigers, as they came out firing, and extended the lead to 50-29. They outscored Virginia 42-27 in the second half to cruise to the 82-51victory. In addition to Rivers' 32 points, Cliff Hammonds added 16 for Clemson, and two others posted double figures. The Tigers improve to 17-5 on the season, 5-3 in the ACC.
Joseph led the Cavaliers with 19 points on the night, and pulled down six rebounds as well. Sean Singletary extended his double figures scoring streak to 43 games by putting up 14 points on the evening. The Cavs shot 39 percent from the floor, and were an uncharacteristic 4-14 from three point range. Meanwhile, Clemson was quite the opposite, connecting on 53 percent of their shots, including 16-26 from beyond the arc. The 16 three pointers tie a school record for Clemson, and the 31 point in at John Paul Jones Arena is the largest ACC road win in Tigers' history.
The 51 points are the second lowest total points put up by a Dave Leitao Virginia team. The lowest was a 49 point performance in an NIT loss at Stanford in Leitao's first season, and the Cavs scored 51 in a loss to Arizona earlier that season.
Virginia has a quick turnaround, as the Wahoos head to Wake Forest for a Saturday contest. Tip off is set for 3:30 at Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Their next home game will be Tuesday, as they welcome North Carolina.