Originally created 02/19/03

Clemson tops Virginia



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Edward Scott scored 32 points and hit several key buckets down the stretch as Clemson dealt Virginia's NCAA tournament hopes a serious blow with a 73-64 victory Tuesday night.

The Tigers (14-8, 4-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a 10-game road losing streak in the league dating to January 2002 and handed Virginia its second consecutive home loss after the Cavaliers started 10-0.

Virginia (14-10, 5-7) got 30 points from Devin Smith and 14 with 13 rebounds from Travis Watson, but played its second straight sluggish game, despite the high stakes, and allowed Clemson to sweep the season series.

The Cavaliers, who lost 78-77 at Clemson on Jan. 18, trailed by nine at halftime, got within three early and four late, but Scott hit about a 26-footer with 3:19 left and scored eight of the Tigers' last 13.

Chey Christie added 16 points for the Tigers, all but two coming in the first half, and Tomas Nagys had 11.

Scott's evening included a piece of history, too, as his fifth of eight rebounds made him just the ninth player in ACC history to get 1,000 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds in his career. He had four assists.

Clemson led 59-46 with 7:13 left before Smith hit two free throws, Elton Brown hit two more and Watson swished a 3-pointer, just his fifth of the season, to pull Virginia to 59-53 with 4:59 remaining.

Nagys followed with a free throw and Smith hit his sixth 3-pointer to make it 63-59, but Scott let the shot clock get close to zero, stepped back at the top of the key and swished his third 3-pointer of the game.

The Cavaliers, already in the penalty, had no chance to catch up.

The Tigers got scoring from only three players in the first half, but led 41-32. Scott had 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting, Christie had 14 and Nagys seven. Scott and Christie scored 24 of the Tigers first 26 points.

All three scored during a 9-0 run that gave the Tigers a 31-20 lead with 5:27 left, and Virginia got no closer than seven before the half.

Smith had 15 points to keep the Cavaliers in the game.