Feb. 14, 2012
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Clemson is now 16-4 in home games in its 100-year history on Valentine’s Day. That is the most wins at home on any day on the calendar. Among the coaches Clemson has beaten on Valentine’s Day at Clemson are Adolph Rupp of Kentucky and Dean Smith of North Carolina, two of the top five winningest coaches in the history of the game.
The Tigers defeated a 22nd ranked Virginia team tonight. It was Clemson’s first win over a top 25 team this year and first since the Tigers beat 22nd ranked Florida State last year by a 62-44 score at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Virginia shot just one free throw this evening (1-1). It was the fewest free throw attempts by a Clemson opponent since Nov. 30, 1986 when South Florida shot just one (0-1) in a game at Clemson.
Clemson’s defense held Mike Scott to 13 points this evening, just three inside the last 11 minutes of the game. It was the second fewest points by Scott in an ACC game this year. He had 10 in a home loss to Virginia Tech earlier this year.
Devin Coleman scored nine points off the bench on 4-7 field goal shooting in 23 minutes to help the Tigers tonight. Coleman scored nine total points in the first 23 games of the season and now has scored exactly nine points in each of the last two games, both Clemson wins.
Clemson had 14 steals that led to 18 Virginia turnovers. It is the second most turnovers committed by Virginia this year.
Virginia shot 62.5 percent on three point goals (5-8) in the second half against Clemson in the first meeting in Charlottesville two weeks ago. The Cavs made just 1-7 from long distance in the second half of this game.
In two full games against Virginia the Tigers have committed just 13 turnovers on offense.
Tanner Smith’s final steal tonight was the 150th of his career. He became the 12th player in Clemson history with at least 150 steals. One of them is classmate Andre Young, who now has 178. They are just the second classmate combination to have at least 150 steals in Clemson history. Cliff Hammonds and James Mays (2004-08) are the other classmates to do it.
Clemson had more steals (14) than fouls (9) this evening. It was first time Clemson has had more steals than fouls since the 2009-10 season when Clemson had 12 steals and nine fouls in a 94-55 win over College of Charleston.
Over the last 11 minutes of the game Jontel Evans scored all but three of Virginia’s points. Mike Scott hit a three and Evans scored the other nine points in that time.
Tonight’s game took one hour and 39 minutes to play, the quickest Clemson game of the season.
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