Scores

Final

Clemson 86

(17-11, 6-9 ACC)

Virginia Tech 81

(14-14, 4-11 ACC)

    7:00 PM ET, March 1, 2006

    Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia

    1 2 T
    CLEM 37 4986
    VT 35 4681

    Top Performers

    Clemson: A. Akingbala 21 Pts, 16 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Virginia Tech: D. Washington 15 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 4 Blk

    Clemson 86, Virginia Tech 81

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Akin Akingbala had 21 points and 16 rebounds Wednesday night and Clemson outscored Virginia Tech 14-2 over the last 3:50 to beat the Hokies 86-81.

    The second half featured 14 lead changes, and Cliff Hammonds supplied the last one when he hit a layup with 52 seconds to go, giving the Tigers an 82-81 lead. Four free throws -- two for a technical called against the Hokies bench -- completed the scoring.

    Hammonds added 18 points and Shawan Robinson had 17 for Clemson (17-11, 6-9 Atlantic Coast Conference), which finished 13-for-22 from 3-point territory.

    Zabian Dowdell led Virginia Tech (14-14, 4-11) with 17 points, Coleman Collins had 16 and nine rebounds and Deron Washington scored 15. Jamon Gordon added 13, but his layup with 1:19 left was the Hokies lone basket after Dowdell scored with 3:50 left.

    The Tigers trailed 79-72 after Dowdell's layup, but Robinson hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game with 3:36 remaining. Two free throws by Akingbala and Robinson's fifth 3-pointer gave the visitors an 80-79 lead with 1:45 remaining.

    After Gordon's layup gave the edge back to the Hokies, Hammonds had a jumper and free throw, Robinson added two free throws and Akingbala hit another free throw.

    Clemson led 37-35 at halftime, and the Hokies took the lead for the first time with 19:48 left at 38-37 on a three-point play by Collins. The game stayed close with neither team leading by more than three until the Hokies went on a 15-9 run to take a 79-72 lead, Dowdell following a steal by Washington with a layup with 3:50 to play.

    Washington had four steals and four blocks in the game.

    Then, it was the Tigers turn to rally, and Robinson's shooting helped them avenge a 75-74 loss to the Hokies at Clemson on Feb. 8, a game that went to overtime.

    Virginia Tech lost despite shooting 57 percent from the field.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CLEM
    VT
    Points 86 81
    FG Made-Attempted 26-60 (.433) 32-56 (.571)
    3P Made-Attempted 13-22 (.591) 5-11 (.455)
    FT Made-Attempted 21-27 (.778) 12-23 (.522)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 7

    2005-06 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Feb 8, 2006 VT 75, @CLEM 74Recap
    » Mar 1, 2006 CLEM 86, @VT 81Recap