Notes on Clemson's 78-77 Victory over Virginia


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*Clemson's one-point win today was its first victory by one point in
any game since Feb. 18, 1992 when the Tigers defeated a 16th ranked
Florida State team at Littlejohn Coliseum, 68-67. Clemson had lost
nine consecutive games decided by one point, including four under
Larry Shyatt.


*Heading into today's game, Clemson had a 3-15 record against
Virginia in games decided by five points or less over the last 30
years. Heading into today, the only wins by five-points or less
against the Cavs over that time were a 94-90 overtime win in
Charlottesville in 1986-87, a 65-62 win at Clemson in 1987-88, and a
51-48 victory at Clemson in 1991-92.


*When Olu Babalola made both free throws with 5.7 seconds left to
give Clemson a 78-77 lead and the eventual victory, it marked the
first time since November 30, 1996 that Clemson scored with less
than 15 seconds remaining to win a game. Terrell McIntyre made a
three-point shot with 12 seconds left to beat Missouri, 47-45 in a
game in San Juan, Puerto Rico on that date.


*The is was the first time Clemson has scored the game winning points
inside the last 15 seconds in a game at Littlejohn Coliseum since
Feb. 21, 1988. Ironically that was also against Virginia. That
afternoon Clemson gained victory 65-62 when Elden Campbell scored an
old fashion three-point play with just one second left.


*Injury report: Edward Scott played today's game with a case of the
flu. We received an IV after the game. Ray Henderson could have a
broken nose. He collided with teammate Sharrod Ford in the second
half and did not return. He will have an x-ray on Sunday.


*Sports Illustrated jinx in reverse: Olu Babalola was on the cover
of the flip card for today's game.


*Both teams shot over 55 percent in today's game. It marked the
first time since Feb. 26, 1998 that both teams involved in a Clemson
basketball game shot at least 55 percent. Clemson shot 57.4 and NC
State 61.0 in Clemson's 77-72 win at NC State that night. That is
also the last time a Clemson opponent shot at least 59 percent from
the field in a game the Tigers won.


*Olu Babalola had missed nine consecutive field goal attempts over
the last three halves heading into the second half this afternoon's
game with Virginia. But, he made 3-5 from the field and 3-5 from the
line in the second half, including the game-winning free throws with
just 5.7 seconds left.


*Clemson committed just two turnovers in the second half and just
nine for the game. It was Clemson's fifth game with 10 turnovers or
less this year.


*Clemson outscored Virginia in the paint 46-30. Clemson has
outscored all 13 or its opponents in the paint this year. Virginia
won the rebound battle, just the second time all year Clemson has
been out-rebounded.


*Clemson overcame a nine-point deficit in the first half (27-18) to
gain victory. It is the largest deficit Clemson has overcome to gain
victory this year and the largest Clemson has overcome to gain
victory since overcoming a 10-point deficit against Florida State in
the final ACC game last year.


*Chris Hobbs is a 62.4 percent free throw shooter for his career.
But he made 5-6 today from the line and is now 19-22 for his career
against Virginia.

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