Jarron Blossomgame had another huge night for the Clemson Tigers against Virginia. The first time the two teams met in January, Blossomgame led Clemson with 28 points, including shooting 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Tonight, Blossomgame added 31 more and was again 4-of-6 from three.
But the valiant effort from Clemson's All-ACC candidate wasn't enough. Virginia held off a spirited Tigers squad and walked out of South Carolina with a 7-point victory, 64 to 57.
Malcolm Brogdon again led Virginia's scoring effort, pouring in 18 points, 12 from three in a 4-of-7 performance from deep. Fourteen of those points came in the first half, however, and other players had to step up in the second half. Devon Hall added 7 of his 9 points in the second half—seemingly all at the most crucial moments—and Marial Shayok chipped in all 9 of his in the second stanza as well.
Anthony Gill logged a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. His energy in the second half helped power the Hoos to the finish line as he looked to drive to the hoop more than in the first half, when he settled for several ill-advised jumpers.
Virginia closes its season at home on Saturday against Louisville. With a win over the Cardinals and a little help elsewhere in the league, the Hoos still have a chance to win their third straight ACC regular season title.