Tigers' big men deliver

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CLEMSON, S.C. --- Look out below.

Clemson's Terrence Oglesby drives for the basket as Virginia's Calvin Baker (left) and Solomon Tat try to block his shot during Tuesday's Atlantic Coast Conference contest.  Associated Press
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Clemson's Terrence Oglesby drives for the basket as Virginia's Calvin Baker (left) and Solomon Tat try to block his shot during Tuesday's Atlantic Coast Conference contest.

Clemson forwards Trevor Booker, Raymond Sykes and Jerai Grant turned the second half against Virginia into their own personal dunk contest and lifted the 18th-ranked Tigers to a 75-57 victory on Tuesday night.

Clemson coach Oliver Purnell had seen enough soft shots in the first half to last all season and told his team to be aggressive.

"When we get the ball down low and the opportunity is there, we're going to try and dunk it," said Booker, smiling.

Terrence Oglesby had 18 points, Sykes 14 and Booker his 11th double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds as the Tigers (23-6) snapped a two-game losing streak.

At 9-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Clemson was guaranteed back-to-back winning league seasons for just the second time in school history.

Booker got things started with a dunk that gave Clemson a 38-33 lead. Sykes, one of two seniors in the Tigers starting lineup, followed with a right-handed throwdown moments later.

Grant, the son of former Oklahoma star Harvey Grant, added a dunk to stretch the lead to 44-35.

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Riverman1 03/06/09 - 04:36 am
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This team has a shot at going

This team has a shot at going a long way in the ACC and NCAA tournaments.

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