NCAAB Game Recap - Clemson at Virginia Tech
Wed Mar 4, 2020 7:00 PM EST

StFNY
58
RobM
59
F
TCU
66
Kansas
75
F
Bry
61
StFPA
87
F
MtStM
59
SacHr
61
F
Dayt
84
URI
57
F
FaDi
72
LongI
73
F
MorSt
67
TNSt
74
F(OT)
Wyo
80
ColSt
74
F
JacSt
61
E IL
67
F
SJSU
66
NM
79
F
FlaSt
73
ND
71
F
AF
77
Fres
70
F
Vill
79
Seton
77
F
GTown
76
Crei
91
F
TexAM
78
Aub
75
F
UVA
46
Mia-FL
44
F
NW
48
Wisc
63
F
Xav
74
Prov
80
F
TexSA
59
OlDom
84
F
N TX
43
Charl
56
F
FlAtl
82
Marsh
94
F
Tuls
61
Temp
51
F
SMU
58
UCF
61
F
Ford
63
GrgWas
52
F
StJon
55
Butl
77
F
LSU
90
Ark
99
F
Clem
58
VaTec
70
F
StJos
73
StBon
89
F
Niag
55
Sien
77
F
Manh
59
Rider
71
F
Fairf
45
Monm
69
F
Canis
85
Maris
69
F
UMass
75
LaSal
64
F
Quin
69
Iona
68
F
Minn
67
Ind
72
F
Fla
68
UGA
54
F
StLou
69
GMas
57
F
UTEP
60
MidTN
56
F
FlInt
73
LaTec
76
F
NOrl
73
NWSt
95
F
Rice
72
SoMis
57
F
HBU
88
InWor
76
F
SamH
60
TXAMC
71
F
CenAR
65
SeLA
69
F
McNee
56
Nich
80
F
KansSt
63
OkSt
69
F
Pitt
57
GaTec
73
F
Mizzu
67
Miss
75
F
CSNor
72
UCIrv
70
F

Mar 4, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Clemson (15-14)

25

33

58

Virginia Tech (16-14)

30

40

70

Horne, Hokies snap skid with 70-58 win over Clemson
Wed Mar 4, 2020 10:28 PM

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech coach Mike Young gave a simple explanation for why his team played much better Wednesday night than it had in the past five weeks when it had lost nine of the past 10 games.

“When that thing goes in the basket, the game is a heckuva lot easier,” Young said.

P.J. Horne scored 17 points and the Hokies had their second-best shooting performance of the season en route to a 70-58 victory over Clemson.

Horne connected on 6 of 10 from the floor for Virginia Tech (16-14, 7-12 Atlantic Coast Conference), which shot better than 50% for the first time in an ACC game this season and snapped a four-game losing streak. The Hokies also held Clemson to 35.1% (20 of 57) from the floor in playing arguably their most complete ACC game of the season.

“I’m proud of our team,” Young said. “We’ve battled through some things and stayed the course and found a way to get out of here in our home finale. Proud of our bunch.”

Horne tied a career high with four 3-pointers, and Tyrece Radford added 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting for Virginia Tech, which shot 54.2% from the floor (26 of 48) and hit 12 3-pointers. Only their 56.5% shooting night against Delaware State in November has been better than Wednesday’s performance – one in which the Hokies made 16 of 27 from the floor in the second half to pull away.

“Just ball movement and screening and making sure we’re taking great shots instead of good shots,” Horne said of the reasoning behind the success. “Coach says to take great shots, not good ones, and we did that.”

“When P.J. Horne has the ability to step out and make multiple 3’s, that makes it really, really tricky to guard,” Young said. “To make four, that’s really difficult, and I rank Clemson in the top three or four, maybe top two, in our league in halfcourt defense.”

Tevin Mack was the lone Clemson player in double figures, scoring 12 points. The Tigers (15-14, 9-10) had won four of their past five games coming into this game.

Virginia Tech broke open a close game midway through the second half. Clemson grabbed a 42-41 lead on a field goal by Mack with 13:59 remaining, but the Hokies responded with a 13-0 run. Hunter Cattoor and Jalen Cone capped the run, with Cattoor scoring on a breakaway dunk and a 3-pointer, and Cone burying a 3-pointer from the wing, giving a 54-42 lead. Clemson never recovered.

Cattoor scored nine points, Isaiah Wilkins had eight, and Cone added six to lead a Virginia Tech bench that finished with 23 points.

“We played very poorly,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. “Certainly some of that is because of the way they played. Some of it is because our energy level, for whatever reason, was very low. Communication was very poor. For whatever reason, mentally, we weren’t in the game, and we didn’t recover. I thought we played soft on both ends. This is one of our poorer performances of the season.”

BIG PICTURE

Clemson: Though the Tigers have quality wins over Duke, Louisville and Florida State – three teams currently ranked in the top 12 of The Associated Press poll – their hopes of an NCAA Tournament bid probably came to an end with the loss to the Hokies. They settled too often for 3-pointers, making just 9 of 35 attempts, instead of capitalizing on Virginia Tech’s lack of size and that led to their downfall.

Virginia Tech: In addition to shooting well, the Hokies out-rebounded an ACC opponent for just the third time this season – doing so twice against the Tigers. Winning that battle also played a key role in their winning, and despite their late-season skid, the Hokies still have a shot at a winning season and a National Invitational Tournament berth. That would be an incredible accomplishment for first-year coach Mike Young, who starts three freshmen and plays six regularly.

ACC TOURNAMENT WATCH

Virginia Tech desperately wants to get a first-round bye for next week’s ACC tournament and is in position to do that. It would be a small accomplishment for a team picked to finish 14th out of 15 teams in the league’s preseason poll.

“I think it would be a pretty nice feather in our team’s hat to get off that Tuesday game (the day of the first round),” Young said. “If we’ve got to play, let’s go load it up and fight. But to get off of that and play Wednesday, that would be a real reward for a team that’s hung in there together and continued to improve through the year.”

Clemson currently sits in a tie for seventh place in the league standings.

UP NEXT

Clemson: The Tigers play at home against Georgia Tech on Friday.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies play at Notre Dame on Saturday.

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Leaders

Clemson PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Moore 0 0 1 1 2 0
P. Fox 0 0 1 0 0 0
Virginia Tech PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Ojiako 0 0 0 1 0 0
B. Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Clem VaTec
Points For 58 70
Field Goals 20/57-35% 26/48-54%
Three Pointers 9/35-26% 12/26-46%
Free Throws 9/13-69% 6/11-55%
Offensive Rebounds 7 2
Defensive Rebounds 25 32
Rebounds 32 36
Blocks 2 1
Steals 5 8
Turnovers 12 16
Personal Fouls 15 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - VaTec Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Nov 5 VaTec 67 @ Clem 60 J. Cone 3 C. Scott 2
Wed Mar 4 Clem 58 @ VaTec 70 P. Grinde 1 N. Alleyne 3

Game Information

Stadium: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia
Attendance: 8,901
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