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Clemson vs. Virginia Postgame Notes

Clemson vs. Virginia Postgame Notes


  • Clemson dropped its third straight game for the first time this season, 63-58 to No. 17/16 Virginia. The Tigers fell to 15-9 overall, 6-6 in league play.
  • The win was Virginia’s first in Littlejohn Coliseum since 2006-07, breaking a four-game streak for the Tigers.
  • Clemson shot 50 percent in the opening half, its best effort shooting the ball in the first 20 minutes since the Furman game in early December.
  • The Tigers had five rebounds in the opening half, their season-low on the boards by a wide margin.
  • Clemson’s -13 rebound margin was its largest disparity on the glass since the South Carolina game on Nov. 17.
  • Clemson’s 20 rebounds were its second-fewest in the Brad Brownell era (120 games). The fewest was 19, also against Virginia, during the 2011-12 season in Charlottesville.
  • Clemson had four offensive rebounds, tied for the fewest by a Brownell coached team.
  • Clemson had a 13-to-5 assist-to-turnover ratio Saturday, its highest single-game ratio this season.
  • The five turnovers were a season-low, and the fewest by any Tiger team since Clemson had five against Purdue early last season.
  • Clemson shot 86 percent at the free throw line, the team’s best mark (min. 20 attempts) since the Wake Forest game on Jan. 18.


  • K.J. McDaniels reached double figures in the scoring column for the 21st time in 24 games.
  • McDaniels finished with a game-high 24 points, his 10th game with at least 20 points this season.
  • McDaniels was 11-for-13 at the free throw line Saturday, both career highs. In Clemson’s last game at Notre Dame, he scored 30 without one free throw attempt.
  • McDaniels had three blocked shots Saturday, giving him 66 for the season. It is the most in a single season by a Tiger since Jerai Grant had 78 in 2010-11.
  • Austin Ajukwa made a three-pointer in the second half, his first since the Davidson game on Nov. 22.
  • Ajukwa made two from long range Saturday, the same amount he had this entire season entering Saturday’s contest.
  • Ajukwa played 13 minutes, one shy of his season-high (vs. Furman).
  • Damarcus Harrison made a three-pointer for a third straight game, the first time since January of 2012 he had a streak of three games with at least one from behind the arc.
  • Harrison was 2-for-2 at the free throw line and has missed just once in 20 trips to the charity stripe in ACC games.
  • Josh Smith earned his third start this season with Landry Nnoko out due to the flu. It was the first time in 55 career games Nnoko did not play.
  • Smith played a career-high 31 minutes Saturday, posting three points and three rebounds.
  • Rod Hall had a 5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio Saturday, giving him a 46-to-8 mark in games played in Littlejohn Coliseum.