The Wahoos won a much needed road game this afternoon, disappointing a Clemson crowd fresh off of their National Championship celebration. Virginia relied on strong shooting and some clutch plays in crunch time to make up for uncharacteristically sloppy play for most of the game and take home a 77-73 victory.
Down the stretch, London Perrantes took the game into his own hands, making a pair of huge shots, converting a drive in the lane, and saving a difficult rebound after a missed shot by Clemson. The senior guard played extremely well under pressure in crunch time - a welcome sight after the team played relatively sloppy for most of the game. A pair of free throws by Devon Hall with 18 seconds left essentially iced the game for the Hoos, making it a six point lead.
For much of the game, as the Hoos fought to extend that lead, the Tigers continued to make the necessary steal or three pointer to get back in the game. UVa was uncharacteristically sloppy with ball and on fast break defense, but relied on hot shooting to stay in front. The Hoos shot 58% from the floor and 55.6% from 3. The Tigers, of course, had a decent shooting day as well, going 50% from the floor but only 36.8% from deep.
Perrantes and Marial Shayok carried the Hoos on offense - scoring 25 and 17 points, respectively. Jaron Blossomgame led the Tigers with 22. The win puts the Hoos over .500 in the ACC at 3-2 and 13-3 overall. Clemson fell to 1-4 in conference play and 11-6 overall.