No. 11 Virginia Tech held to 51 points in loss at Clemson

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CLEMSON, S.C. -- Kerry Blackshear Jr. scored 17 points, but it wasn't enough, as No. 11 Virginia Tech fell 59-51 to Clemson in an ACC game played Saturday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum.

With the loss, the Hokies fell to 18-5 overall, 7-4 in the ACC. Clemson moved to 15-8, 5-5 in league play.

Shelton Mitchell scored 22 points for the Tigers, who led the entire second half. Mitchell hit 7 of 14 from the floor, including five 3-pointers on a day in which the Tigers connected on 11 of 28 from beyond the 3-point line.

Tech shaved a four-point deficit at halftime to one, 41-40, on a jumper by Blackshear with 12:29 remaining and had three opportunities to take the lead. But the Hokies turned the ball over twice and Blackshear missed a jumper, and then the Tigers scored the next six points - on back-to-back 3-pointers by Marcquise Reed and Tyson Hunter, with the latter pushing the Tiger lead to 47-40 with 9:28 remaining.

After that Blackshear jumper, the Hokies struggled from the floor, making just two field goals the rest of the game. Tech shot just 28.3 percent from the floor and stayed in the game by going 16 of 17 from the free-throw line.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 13 points for the Hokies, while Ty Outlaw finished with 10.