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Perrantes' 25 lead No. 19 Virginia to 77-73 victory

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Virginia's London Perrantes thought about getting to Clemson a little early. After all, who doesn't love a parade?

''I thought that was cool,'' Perrantes said of the Clemson's football national championship parade and ceremony Saturday morning. ''I wish I got to witness that. It was crazy packed coming in here.''

Perrantes put on a show of his own in the game, making four 3-pointers and scoring a season-high 25 points to lead the 19th-ranked Cavaliers to a 77-73 victory against the Tigers.

It was the senior's second straight game with 20-plus points after coach Tony Bennett encouraged him to shoot more often.

''He kind of gave me that confidence to go out and play,'' Perrantes said.

The Cavaliers (13-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 58 percent from the field in their second straight win since dropping two in a row to Pittsburgh and Florida State. Marial Shayok tied his career high with 17 points, and Isaiah Wilkins finished with eight points and 13 rebounds.

Virginia blew a nine-point lead in the second half, but Perrantes stepped up for the Cavaliers down the stretch. After Clemson tied it at 70 on Jaron Blossomgame's three-point play with 2:18 left, Perrantes made his fourth 3-pointer to put Virginia back in front.

Perrantes pushed the lead to 75-70 with another basket with 41 seconds left, prompting many of the fans to head for the exits.

''When we need him the most he shows up,'' Shayok said. ''When he's rolling, everybody's rolling.''

It was a festive day at Clemson (11-6, 1-4), with the school holding a big party to celebrate its first national championship in football in 35 years. But the basketball team dropped its fourth straight game since winning nine in a row.

Blossomgame led the Tigers with 22 points, and Avry Holmes and Gabe DeVoe each scored 15.

''This is our fourth league game that's come down to the last minute and we've only won one,'' said Brad Brownell, Clemson's seventh-year coach. ''That's frustrating for all of us.''

The Cavaliers shot 10 for 18 on 3-pointers, just the second time this season they finished with double-digit baskets from behind the arc.

THE BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers lead the nation with 52.1 points allowed per game. But they let Clemson shoot nearly 50 percent in the first half and score 36 points. Virginia will have to tighten things up if it hopes to compete at the top of the ACC.

Clemson: The Tigers are trying to shake a disheartening early ACC stretch. They opened strongly with a late rally to win at Wake Forest two weeks ago, and then fell in overtime against North Carolina, by five at Notre Dame and by 12 at Georgia Tech. They were outrebounded again on Saturday, continuing their woes inside.

FINE LINE

Virginia coach Tony Bennett felt for Brownell, stung by several late losses that have left the Tigers with a 1-4 start in league play.

''I think Brad Brownell is one of the better coaches in our league and the country, he's that good,'' Bennett said. ''They're in a spot that anybody could be there. It's such a fine line.''

STRONG WORDS

A frustrated Brownell said it's up to his players to dig down deep and find a way to succeed in close games in a ''grown-man world.'' Brownell has seen his share of close losses this season despite have a seemingly improved offense with returning all-ACC first teamer Blossomgame and talented transfers like Marcquise Reed, Shelton Mitchell and Elijah Thomas.

UP NEXT

Virginia finishes a two-game road swing at Boston College on Wednesday night.

Clemson heads to Louisville on Thursday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  30-second timeout called 4.0
+ 2 Gabe DeVoe made layup 4.0
  Offensive rebound by Gabe DeVoe 7.0
  Marcquise Reed missed 3-pt. jump shot 9.0
+ 1 Devon Hall made 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
+ 1 Devon Hall made 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
  Personal foul on Avry Holmes 18.0
  Personal foul on Gabe DeVoe 25.0
  30-second timeout called 32.0
  Defensive rebound by Marial Shayok 37.0
  Avry Holmes missed 2nd of 2 free throws 37.0
Team Stats
Points 77 73
Field Goals 29-50 (58.0%) 28-56 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 10-18 (55.6%) 7-19 (36.8%)
Free Throws 9-13 (69.2%) 10-16 (62.5%)
Total Rebounds 30 25
Offensive 6 8
Defensive 23 15
Team 1 2
Assists 9 13
Steals 2 9
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 16 11
Fouls 17 13
Technicals 0 0
25 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
22 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo 19 Virginia 13-3 364177
home team logo Clemson 11-6 363773
Team Stats
away team logo 19 Virginia 13-3 71.4 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo Clemson 11-6 68.8 PPG 38.4 RPG 12.1 APG
Key Players
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L. Perrantes G PPG RPG APG FG%
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J. Blossomgame F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
L. Perrantes G 25 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
J. Blossomgame F 22 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
58.0 FG% 50.0
55.6 3PT FG% 36.8
69.2 FT% 62.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Perrantes 25 2 2 8/15 4/8 5/5 1 34 0 0 4 1 1
M. Shayok 17 7 2 8/14 1/3 0/0 1 36 1 0 2 0 7
D. Hall 9 0 0 2/3 2/2 3/4 4 20 0 0 2 0 0
I. Wilkins 8 13 2 4/7 0/0 0/0 1 31 0 0 3 4 9
J. Salt 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/2 5 18 0 1 2 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Perrantes 25 2 2 8/15 4/8 5/5 1 34 0 0 4 1 1
M. Shayok 17 7 2 8/14 1/3 0/0 1 36 1 0 2 0 7
D. Hall 9 0 0 2/3 2/2 3/4 4 20 0 0 2 0 0
I. Wilkins 8 13 2 4/7 0/0 0/0 1 31 0 0 3 4 9
J. Salt 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/2 5 18 0 1 2 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Thompson 7 4 2 3/4 1/2 0/0 0 25 0 1 1 0 4
K. Guy 6 0 1 2/4 2/3 0/0 0 19 1 0 0 0 0
T. Jerome 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 1 0 0
M. Diakite 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 3 7 0 0 0 0 1
J. Reuter 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 3 0 0 1 0 0
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bartley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Huff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gross Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 29 9 29/50 10/18 9/13 17 200 2 2 16 6 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Blossomgame 22 6 2 10/14 0/1 2/3 1 38 0 1 2 3 3
A. Holmes 15 1 0 4/6 2/3 5/6 3 32 2 0 0 0 1
S. Mitchell 7 0 1 3/5 1/2 0/1 2 25 1 0 3 0 0
D. Grantham 3 3 3 1/5 1/4 0/0 1 25 0 0 1 0 3
S. Djitte 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Blossomgame 22 6 2 10/14 0/1 2/3 1 38 0 1 2 3 3
A. Holmes 15 1 0 4/6 2/3 5/6 3 32 2 0 0 0 1
S. Mitchell 7 0 1 3/5 1/2 0/1 2 25 1 0 3 0 0
D. Grantham 3 3 3 1/5 1/4 0/0 1 25 0 0 1 0 3
S. Djitte 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. DeVoe 15 6 5 6/13 3/8 0/0 2 30 4 0 1 3 3
E. Thomas 9 4 2 4/8 0/0 1/4 3 23 2 2 0 2 2
M. Reed 2 0 0 0/3 0/1 2/2 1 13 0 0 2 0 0
T. Hudson 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 1 0 1
R. McGillan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Robertin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Fields - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Spencer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 23 13 28/56 7/19 10/16 13 200 9 3 11 8 15