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Mitchell leads Clemson to 59-51 victory over No. 11 Hokies

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Brad Brownell has seen plenty of teams with high expectations fall apart when adversity hits. He is proud that his Tigers are not among them.

Shelton Mitchell scored 22 points with a career-best five 3-pointers as Clemson won its fourth straight with a 59-51 victory over No. 11 Virginia Tech on Saturday.

The Tigers (15-8, 5-5 ACC) were ranked when the year began, but looked done after losing five of their first six Atlantic Coast Conference games, including a 69-67 loss at North Carolina State after blowing a six-point lead in the final minute - a defeat that would have crushed plenty of teams.

Not these Tigers, led by four starting seniors including Mitchell.

''It doesn't surprise me that with their backs against the wall in terms of basketball that they're going to fight,'' Brownell said.

It took plenty of fight to upend the Hokies (18-5, 7-5), who had not lost consecutive games all season.

Clemson limited Virginia Tech to just one field goal over the final eight minutes to beat a ranked opponent for the first time this season.

Virginia Tech had its chances and was down just 41-40 after Kerry Blackshear Jr.'s basket with 12:29 to go. But Clemson's Marcquise Reed and Hunter Tyson followed with 3-pointers to build the lead. Blackshear hit two foul shots make it 47-44, but that was as close as the Hokies would get.

''They defended us incredibly well,'' Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams said. ''They were prepared for everything.''

Virginia Tech missed the next eight shots, a string finally broken by Ty Outlaw's 3 with 12.5 seconds. By then, Clemson had a double-digit lead and the crowd at Littlejohn Coliseum was poised for a celebration.

Reed finished with 15 points, 10 in the second half. Elijah Thomas had seven of Clemson's 12 blocks, a total that tied for the best showing by the Tigers in coach Brad Brownell's nine seasons.

Blackshear scored 17 points to lead Virginia Tech before fouling out in the final minutes. The Hokies' leading scorer, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, had 13 points on 3-of-14 shooting.

Mitchell said he and his teammates didn't hang their heads as the losses mounted, knowing they were better than their record showed. Things have gradually turned their way, improving everyone's confidence and attitude, Mitchell said. ''We've got our swagger back,'' he said.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia Tech: The Hokies have been out of sync without injured point guard Justin Robinson, who missed his third straight game - two of them losses. Virginia Tech needs to rediscover its balance.

Clemson: The Tigers are on the move after their early struggle in the ACC. Clemson is leaning heavily on its four seniors, Mitchell, Reed, Thomas and David Skara. The four combined for 46 of the team's 59 points.

GETTING TO WORK

Mitchell said he and his teammates are taking extra shooting reps in the gym to improve the offense. It has certainly worked for Mitchell. He has gone for double digits in two of Clemson's past four games after starting ACC play with just one game with 10 or more points in the Tigers' first six.

ROBINSON'S TEAM

There is no question who the Hokies' leader is. Despite walking with crutches and wearing a large protective boot on his left foot, Robinson was involved in keeping Virginia Tech in the game. He gathered players around him frequently and was off the bench to greet them during stoppages. Williams said Robinson, who has averaged 14.4 points this season, is out indefinitely.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech returns home to play Georgia Tech on Wednesday night.

Clemson goes to Miami on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
J. Robinson
5 G
M. Reed
2 G
34.2 Min. Per Game 34.2
19.1 Pts. Per Game 19.1
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
5.1 Reb. Per Game 5.1
47.5 Field Goal % 46.5
41.1 Three Point % 32.1
82.5 Free Throw % 81.8
+ 3 Ty Outlaw made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ahmed Hill 12.0
+ 1 Marcquise Reed made 2nd of 2 free throws 25.0
+ 1 Marcquise Reed made 1st of 2 free throws 25.0
  Personal foul on Isaiah Wilkins 25.0
  Lost ball turnover on Ahmed Hill, stolen by Marcquise Reed 28.0
+ 1 Shelton Mitchell made 2nd of 2 free throws 38.0
+ 1 Shelton Mitchell made 1st of 2 free throws 38.0
  Personal foul on Nickeil Alexander-Walker 38.0
  Turnover on Nickeil Alexander-Walker 54.0
  Offensive foul on Nickeil Alexander-Walker 54.0
+ 2 Marcquise Reed made jump shot 1:06
Team Stats
Points 51 59
Field Goals 15-53 (28.3%) 19-46 (41.3%)
3-Pointers 5-19 (26.3%) 11-28 (39.3%)
Free Throws 16-17 (94.1%) 10-13 (76.9%)
Total Rebounds 37 31
Offensive 11 5
Defensive 22 23
Team 4 3
Assists 8 13
Steals 9 6
Blocks 1 12
Turnovers 11 12
Fouls 17 18
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
22 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo 11 Virginia Tech 18-5 292251
home team logo Clemson 15-8 332659
Team Stats
away team logo 11 Virginia Tech 18-5 75.4 PPG 35.3 RPG 16.2 APG
home team logo Clemson 15-8 69.6 PPG 38 RPG 12.0 APG
Key Players
24
K. Blackshear Jr. F 14.0 PPG 6.7 RPG 2.2 APG 52.1 FG%
4
S. Mitchell G 11.8 PPG 2.6 RPG 2.9 APG 39.4 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Blackshear Jr. F 17 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
S. Mitchell G 22 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
28.3 FG% 41.3
26.3 3PT FG% 39.3
94.1 FT% 76.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Blackshear Jr. 17 7 1 5/8 1/1 6/6 5 26 2 1 0 3 4
N. Alexander-Walker 13 6 0 3/14 1/5 6/7 5 38 1 0 5 0 6
T. Outlaw 10 8 3 3/5 2/4 2/2 2 38 1 0 2 4 4
A. Hill 8 3 1 3/11 0/3 2/2 1 37 1 0 2 1 2
W. Bede 0 6 3 0/7 0/2 0/0 1 39 4 0 1 1 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Blackshear Jr. 17 7 1 5/8 1/1 6/6 5 26 2 1 0 3 4
N. Alexander-Walker 13 6 0 3/14 1/5 6/7 5 38 1 0 5 0 6
T. Outlaw 10 8 3 3/5 2/4 2/2 2 38 1 0 2 4 4
A. Hill 8 3 1 3/11 0/3 2/2 1 37 1 0 2 1 2
W. Bede 0 6 3 0/7 0/2 0/0 1 39 4 0 1 1 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Kabongo 3 0 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
I. Wilkins 0 3 0 0/5 0/1 0/0 3 14 0 0 1 2 1
J. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Horne - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nolley II - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Radford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Palmer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 51 33 8 15/53 5/19 16/17 17 200 9 1 11 11 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Mitchell 22 5 3 7/14 5/9 3/3 1 40 0 0 1 1 4
M. Reed 15 5 4 3/10 2/5 7/7 3 36 4 0 5 0 5
A. Simms 8 3 1 3/5 2/4 0/0 4 25 1 2 1 1 2
E. Thomas 6 9 2 3/5 0/0 0/2 4 25 0 7 1 2 7
D. Skara 3 1 3 1/6 1/5 0/1 1 37 1 2 0 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Mitchell 22 5 3 7/14 5/9 3/3 1 40 0 0 1 1 4
M. Reed 15 5 4 3/10 2/5 7/7 3 36 4 0 5 0 5
A. Simms 8 3 1 3/5 2/4 0/0 4 25 1 2 1 1 2
E. Thomas 6 9 2 3/5 0/0 0/2 4 25 0 7 1 2 7
D. Skara 3 1 3 1/6 1/5 0/1 1 37 1 2 0 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
H. Tyson 5 1 0 2/3 1/2 0/0 1 11 0 0 1 0 1
J. White 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 7 0 1 0 0 1
C. Trapp 0 3 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 11 0 0 3 0 3
J. Newman III 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 0
L. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Baehre - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. William - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Jemison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Fox - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 59 28 13 19/46 11/28 10/13 18 200 6 12 12 5 23