Virginia Tech was blitzed out of the gate and fell to Clemson 75-54 on the road on Saturday afternoon. The Hokies dropped to 10-15 overall and 2-10 in league play, while the Tigers improved to 15-10 and 7-6.
Clemson started the game on a 10-0 run and eventually led 21-4. They hit their first five three-pointers. Sophomore guard Jordan Roper, who entered the game shooting 32.5% from the field and 29.6% from three-point range, scored 21 points, shot 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from the outside.
As a team, Clemson was 11-of-29 (37.9%) from three-point range, though after a 17-4 run to open the second half they were 11-of-20 as a team. Coming into the game, they were 29.9% for the season.
Clemson’s two runs to open each half were easily enough to bury a Tech team that didn’t guard anyone from the opening tip. The Tigers outscored the Hokies 38-8 in those two runs, and the Hokies outscored Clemson 46-37 in the other parts of the game.
Tech was outrebounded 38-28, and the Tigers outscored the Hokies 14-2 in second chance points. VT also committed 11 turnovers to Clemson’s eight. Basically, the home team jumped out to a huge lead (as many as 35 points with 15:44 remaining) and then took their foot off the accelerator down the stretch.
Malik Mueller had 17 points and four rebounds in 31 minutes. He had nine of Tech’s first 15 points. Overall, he was 6-of-13 from the field and 5-of-11 from three-point range. Adam Smith added 13 points, though most of his baskets came late when the game was already decided. Devin Wilson had five assists and no turnovers, but only took one shot in 23 minutes.
Freshman wing Justin Bibbs continued the slump that he’s been in ever since coming back from his concussion. He had just two points and was 0-of-4 from the field. His performances pre and post-concussion have been night and day. Pre-concussion…
Syracuse: 22 points, 7-of-14 shooting, 4-of-8 three-pointers
FSU: 25 points, 8-of-17 shooting, 4-of-9 three-pointers
Louisville: 15 points, 6-of-11 shooting, 1-of-2 three-pointers
Wake Forest: 10 points, 3-of-7 shooting, 1-of-4 three-pointers
Syracuse: 19 points, 7-of-18 shooting, 1-of-2 three-pointers
FSU: 3 points, 0-of-6 shooting, 0-of-3 three-pointers
GT: 8 points, 3-of-9 shooting, 1-of-2 three-pointers
Clemson: 2 points, 0-of-4 shooting, 0-of-2 three-pointers
Outside of the Syracuse game, Bibbs has not been the same player he was before his injury. Hopefully he can get it back, because this team desperately needs his scoring ability.
Virginia Tech returns to action on Wednesday, February 18 at 7pm. TV coverage will be provided by RSN. Check your local listings.