CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson University men’s basketball fell in its season opener to Virginia Tech, 67-60.
The Tigers (0-1, 0-1) knocked down seven 3-pointers and shot 34.0 percent from the field, outscoring the Hokies (1-0, 1-0) 22-16 in the paint. Clemson also forced 13 turnovers, but Virginia Tech added 11 fast-break points.
John Newman III(Greensboro Day School) scored a career-best 15 points and freshman Al-Amir Dawes and graduate senior Tevin Mack scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, in their Clemson debuts.
Newman(GDS) braced the Tigers with 11 second-half points. A defensive war of attrition gave way to a frenetic ending to the second half. Not long after Clemson’s intense pressure forced a backcourt turnover, Newman knotted the score at 57-57 with 1:11 remaining, but the Hokies outscored the Tigers 10-3 the rest of the way.
The Tigers will return to action on Thursday, Nov. 7, with a tilt against Presbyterian. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m., the non-conference affair will air on ACC Network.