In a game that featured the nation's top two scoring defenses, Virginia turned in one of its better rebounding performances of the season and snapped a four-game losing streak at Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum that stretched back to 2007.
Joe Harris led the Hoos' balanced scoring attack with 16 points. Malcolm Brogdon chipped in 14, as did Mike Tobey. Anthony Gill led all bench scorers with 12 points. Clemson's K.J. McDaniel led all scorers with 24, but was the only Tiger in double figures.
The Gill/Tobey duo keyed the Cavs' big win. The two teamed up to go 11-of-13 from the floor (Gill 4-of-4) and snag 8 of the Hoos' 33 rebounds. Most of Tobey's points came in the first half and helped keep the Hoos in it while Clemson hit eight of its first 12 shots and roared out to an early lead.
Virginia rebounded 44.8% of its misses and 80% of Clemson's, taking advantage of the absence of Clemson center Landry Nnoko, who missed the game with the flu. Both teams shot 33 percent from deep, but Virginia hit 48 percent of its shots from inside the arc.
At 21-5 overall and 12-1 in ACC play, Virginia is off to its best start since the Sampson era. The Cavaliers return to action Tuesday night at VPISU (9 PM) before returning home for a three-game home stand that culminates in the showdown with currently top-ranked and undefeated Syracuse on March 1. Tuesday night's game will be broadcast on ACC Network television affiliates.