Virginia drops Clemson for ninth straight ACC win

AP Sports Writer February 15, 2014 

Virginia Clemson Basketball

Virginia's Joe Harris drives down the baseline while being pressured by Clemson's Damarcus Harrison (21) and Jaron Blossomgame during the first half of Saturday’s game at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson.

RICHARD SHIRO — AP

— Joe Harris scored 16 points, including a critical 3-pointer with about three minutes left, and No. 17 Virginia won its ninth straight Atlantic Coast Conference game for the first time in 32 years with a 63-58 victory over Clemson on Saturday.

The Cavaliers (21-5) moved to 12-1 in ACC play, also for the first time since Ralph Sampson patrolled the middle in the 1981-82 season. Not that it came easily as Virginia’s No. 1 defense was matched up against a team in Clemson that ranked second nationally in fewest points allowed.

The Tigers (15-9, 6-6) trailed 49-48 on Rod Hall’s layup with 3:38 to go. That’s when Harris struck for a 3 and Anthony Gill followed with a three-point play for a 55-50 lead.

Clemson closed to 59-58 on K.J. McDaniels’ 3 with 20.7 seconds left, but Malcolm Brogdon made two foul shots as the Cavaliers held on.

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