Jennings’ double-double lifts Tigers to first ACC victory

Clemson seniors Devin Booker and Milton Jennings led the Tigers to their first ACC victory of the 2012-13 season on Saturday, a 59-44 triumph over Virginia in front of 7,795 fans at Littlejohn Coliseum.

The Tigers improved to 9-6 on the season, 1-2 in the ACC. The Cavaliers dropped to 11-5 overall, also 1-2 in league play. It was Clemson’s fourth straight win at home over Virginia.

Jennings produced a career game for Brad Brownell’s team. The 6-foot-9 native of Summerville scored a season-best 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He made a career high 5-of-8 from three-point distance. It was Jennings’ career high against an ACC team. His previous best was 17 in a win over NC State last season. He added a season-high 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the 2012-13 campaign.

Booker was just 3-for-10 from the field, but sank 9-of-12 at the charity stripe to finish with 15 points. He added nine rebounds for Clemson, who won the battle of the boards by a +6 margin.

The Tigers shot 76.9 percent in the second half, their high figure for the 2012-13 season. Clemson ended the game shooting 17-for-33, 51.5 percent. It was the fewest field goal attempts for Clemson in 80 games under Brownell. His team made 19-of-27 at the free throw line, an advantage of 14 points as UVA made 5-of-8.

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