Late rally falls short as Tigers lose to Virginia


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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Clemson Tigers’ road woes continued on a cold-shooting Wednesday night in Virginia as the Cavaliers’ Mustapha Farrakhan hit a go-ahead jumper with 35.8 seconds to play and four free throws in the final 23.9 seconds, lifting Virginia to a 49-47 win over the Tigers.

Clemson (15-7 overall, 4-4 ACC) scored just 13 points in the first half and shot no better than 25 percent for most of the night. The Tigers missed a chance to pull even for a second time in the final minute when Demontez Stitt missed the first of a one-and-one with 26.7 seconds left.

Farrakhan hit two free throws with 23.9 seconds to go, and two more with 11.4 seconds to play after after Devin Booker scored on a tip-in. Farrakhan was fouled again with 2.8 seconds left, but was injured, and Assane Sene, a 56-percent free-throw shooter, made 1 of 2.

Clemson inbounded the ball, but Milton Jennings fumbled the ball and it was thrown out of bounds before Clemson could get off a final shot.

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell said his teams’ inability to make layups in a physical contest proved costly.

“The game was played in a way that let both teams play,” Brownell said. “When a player drove, they should have expected some contact, and I told them they had better be tough enough to finish. If they got an offensive rebound, they better expect a body on them. We just weren’t tough enough to finish. We had half a dozen put-backs, tips and layups we didn’t make. If you make them, its 62 points. We just didn’t finish.”

Andre Young was the only scorer in double figures for Clemson and led the Tigers with 13 points.

K.T. Harrell gave the Cavaliers a 38-23 lead with 11:37 to go on a jumper, but Virginia went 5 1/2 minutes before scoring again on a layup by Jontel Evans, and then another 2 1/2 minutes before Evans scored again on a driving layup, giving the Cavs a 42-35 advantage.

Stitt then hit a pair of free throws, and Young hit a 3-pointer, pulling the Tigers within two points at 42-40. After Evans missed the front end of a one-and-one, two free throws by Young pulled Clemson even at 42-all with 49.7 seconds to go, setting up Farrakhan's clutch finish.

Sammy Zeglinski hit a 3-pointer 1:50 into the game and three more in the next five minutes, giving Virginia a 14-1 lead as the Tigers started 0-for-8 from the field.

The Tigers scored just 13 points in the first half, the final points coming after Young's driving layup with 7:07 to go. Their 13 first-half points were their lowest total of the season.

VISITORS: Clemson 15-7, 4-4 ACC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
21 Narcisse, Bryan..... f  0-0    0-0    1-2    0  2  2   4   1  0  0  1  0  23
31 Booker, Devin....... f  3-8    1-3    0-0    4  3  7   3   7  0  2  1  0  29
45 Grant, Jerai........ f  3-6    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   1   6  0  1  2  0  29
02 Stitt, Demontez..... g  3-14   0-5    2-5    3  5  8   1   8  1  1  0  1  38
11 Young, Andre........ g  5-12   1-5    2-2    0  5  5   1  13  2  1  0  2  32
03 Anderson, Zavier....    1-3    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   1   2  1  2  0  1  10
05 Smith, Tanner.......    0-2    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   3   0  1  0  0  2  15
10 Baciu, Catalin......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
12 Stanton, Cory.......    0-2    0-2    1-2    0  0  0   0   1  0  1  0  0   7
24 Jennings, Milton....    4-10   1-2    0-0    4  2  6   3   9  0  5  1  1  17
44 Hopkins, DeAndre....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
   TEAM................                         5  1  6
   Totals..............   19-57   3-18   6-11  18 21 39  17  47  5 13  5  7 200
 
TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  6-22 27.3%   2nd Half: 13-35 37.1%   Game: 33.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-8   0.0%   2nd Half:  3-10 30.0%   Game: 16.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-4  25.0%   2nd Half:  5-7  71.4%   Game: 54.5%    1
 
 
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HOME TEAM: Virginia 12-10, 3-5 ACC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
05 Assane Sene......... c  0-2    0-0    1-2    1  3  4   3   1  0  2  4  0  28
01 Jontel Evans........ g  3-5    0-0    0-1    0  2  2   3   6  2  1  0  2  35
02 Mustapha Farrakhan.. g  6-11   3-6    6-6    0  6  6   0  21  2  3  1  0  35
12 Joe Harris.......... g  0-4    0-4    0-0    0  2  2   3   0  0  2  0  0  20
13 Sammy Zeglinski..... g  4-10   4-7    0-0    0  5  5   3  12  2  4  0  3  35
22 Will Sherrill.......    1-6    0-3    0-0    1  1  2   0   2  2  0  1  1  20
24 KT Harrell..........    2-4    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   1   4  0  1  0  0  13
25 Akil Mitchell.......    1-1    0-0    1-2    2  3  5   1   3  1  2  0  1  14
   TEAM................                         3  2  5
   Totals..............   17-43   7-21   8-11   7 24 31  14  49  9 15  6  7 200
 
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-23 43.5%   2nd Half:  7-20 35.0%   Game: 39.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  7-12 58.3%   2nd Half:  0-9   0.0%   Game: 33.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-2  100 %   2nd Half:  6-9  66.7%   Game: 72.7%    1
 
 
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Officials: Dwayne Gladden, Ed Corbett, Alan Spainhour
Technical fouls: Clemson-None. Virginia-None.
Attendance: 8684
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Clemson.......................   13   34  -   47
Virginia......................   29   20  -   49
 
Points in the paint-CU 24,VA 14. Points off turnovers-CU 10,VA 9.
2nd chance points-CU 14,VA 8. Fast break points-CU 5,VA 5.
Bench points-CU 12,VA 9. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-0 times.
Last FG-CU 2nd-00:03, VA 2nd-00:34.
Largest lead-CU None, VA by 16 1st-00:02.

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