Clemson rolls past Virginia

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Milton Jennings scored a season-high 21 points on five 3-pointers and added 11 rebounds to give Clemson its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season, 59-44 over Virginia on Saturday.

Clemson's K.J. McDaniels blocks a shot attempt by Virginia's Justin Anderson during the first half of Saturday's win.   MARK CRAMMER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
MARK CRAMMER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Clemson's K.J. McDaniels blocks a shot attempt by Virginia's Justin Anderson during the first half of Saturday's win.

Jennings finished a point off his career best as the Tigers (9-6, 1-2 ACC) avoided their first 0-3 ACC start in 13 years. Devin Booker added 15 points and nine rebounds for Clemson, which won its fourth straight at home over the Cavaliers (11-5, 1-2).

It was Virginia’s lowest point total since a 63-44 loss to Boston College on Feb. 26, 2011. Joe Harris had 14 points and was Virginia’s only player in double figures.

Jennings took control of things for Clemson early in the second half with consecutive threes for a 31-24 lead. When the Cavaliers cut things to 33-29 on Evan Nolte’s 3-pointer, Jennings and Damarcus Harrison led a 7-0 run for the Tigers.

VIRGINIA TECH 70, GEORGIA TECH 65 (OT)

In Atlanta, NCAA scoring leader Erick Green scored 28 points and Virginia Tech rallied past Georgia Tech to end a four-game losing streak.

Green, who averages 24.6 points per game, had only 8 points in the first half but helped lead the Hokies (10-6, 1-2) back from a deficit of 11 points at 43-32.

Georgia Tech (10-5, 0-3) remained winless in the league with its third loss in a row. The Yellow Jackets were held without a field goal in the final 7 minutes of regulation.

NORTH CAROLINA 77, FLORIDA STATE 72

In Tallahassee, Fla., P.J. Hairston scored a career-high 23 points and North Carolina defeated defending conference champion Florida State, almost a year to day after suffering a 33-point loss against the Seminoles.

Hairston made 9 of 14 shots, including four of nine from beyond the arc for North Carolina (11-5, 1-2), which shot 48.3 percent overall and 40 percent from 3-point range.

Okaro White led the Seminoles (10-6, 2-1) with 15 points – all in the second half.

WAKE FOREST 75, BOSTON COLLEGE 72

In Winston-Salem, N.C., C.J. Harris scored a career-high 29 points and Wake Forest (9-6, 2-1) held off a late Boston College rally.

Travis McKie added 18 points for the Demon Deacons, who overcame shooting problems early in the first half to win their second straight ACC game.

Lonnie Jackson scored 23 points, Olivier Hanlan added 18 and Ryan Anderson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles (9-7, 1-2).


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