February 9, 2019 / 7:36 PM / 5 months ago

Clemson upsets No. 11 Virginia Tech, 59-51

EditorsNote: Fixes first name of Kerry Blackshear; other edits for clarity

Feb 9, 2019; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers forward Elijah Thomas (14) blocks a shot by Virginia Tech Hokies guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (4) during the first half at Littlejohn Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Shelton Mitchell scored 22 points and Clemson blocked 12 Virginia Tech shots Saturday as the Tigers knocked off the 11th-ranked Hokies 59-51 in Clemson, S.C.

Clemson’s victory, its first against a ranked opponent this season, improved the Tigers to 15-8 overall and 5-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

It was Clemson’s fourth consecutive victory in ACC play following a 1-5 start and snapped a four-game losing streak against Virginia Tech.

The Hokies slipped to 18-5 (7-4 ACC) with their second straight loss.

Mitchell, a graduate guard, made seven of his 14 shots from the floor, including a career-best 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range.

Fellow graduate guard Marcquise Reed added 15 points as the Tigers improved to 11-2 at home this season.

Virginia Tech led 5-2 as Clemson missed its first four shots from 3-point range before Mitchell connected with 15:50 left in the first half, jump-starting a 12-0 run in which Mitchell accounted for all of the Tigers’ points and gave Clemson a lead it would never relinquish.

Mitchell finished the first half with 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc, and the Tigers took a 33-29 lead into the half.

The Hokies pulled within a point, 41-40, on a basket by Kerry Blackshear Jr. with 12:28 remaining, but Reed and Hunter Tyson connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to push the Tigers’ lead to 47-40 with 9:15 left, and the Hokies never got closer than three points the rest of the day.

Justin Robinson, Virginia Tech’s second-leading scorer, missed a third straight game and is sidelined indefinitely after suffering a foot injury at Miami on Jan. 30.

Clemson held the Hokies to a season-low 28.3 percent shooting percentage to go along with the 12 blocked shots - a high in nine seasons under Coach Brad Brownell.

Clemson senior forward Elijah Thomas had seven blocks for a second consecutive game and has 22 blocks during the Tigers’ four-game winning streak.

Blackshear, a junior forward, led Virginia Tech with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting while sophomore guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 13 and graduate swingman Ty Outlaw scored 10.

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