Jennings has record day to help Tigers handle Hokies

Clemson received career-high scoring efforts out of Milton Jennings (28) and Damarcus Harrison (19) to propel the Tigers to a 77-70 victory on Sunday over Virginia Tech in front of 7,980 fans at Littlejohn Coliseum.

The win improved the Tigers to 11-8 overall, 3-4 in ACC play. Tech fell to 11-8 overall and 2-4 in the league.

Jennings added 14 rebounds to tie a career-high in that category. The 6-foot-9 Jennings went to the line 18 times and made 16 free throws – the most by any Clemson player since the late Butch Zatezalo made 16 against Wake Forest in 1969. It tied for the second-most made in school history. Zatezalo made all 17 attempts versus Maryland in 1968.

Harrison scored 19 points in Sunday’s game, eclipsing his previous high of 15 against SC State last month. The sophomore made 6-of-10 shots, including 3-of-7 from long distance. Clemson made 10-of-21 three-point baskets, its most since making 12 against UTEP in the Old Spice Classic in November.

The Tigers shot 45 percent for the game, but converted an ACC-high 23-of-29 at the charity stripe – a season-high 79.3 percent for Clemson. Virginia Tech shot just 35 percent from the field, but made 23-of-32 at the line.

The Tigers won the rebounding battle, 42-33, as both Jennings and starting center Devin Booker (10) had double-digit totals. Booker was under the weather with flu-like symptoms for a second straight game.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

 

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