Clemson University

February 18, 2013

Basketball: Tigers edge Hokies

Natiece Ford scored 15 points, and Clemson used a 16-2 run in the second half to knock off Virginia Tech, 51-46, on Sunday.

Natiece Ford scored 15 points, and Clemson used a 16-2 run in the second half to knock off Virginia Tech, 51-46, on Sunday.

Clemson (7-18, 3-11 ACC) trailed 28-17 early in the second half, but used a 16-2 run over a six-minute stretch to turn a 35-25 deficit into a 41-37 lead with 7:01 to play. The Tigers did not relinquish the lead.

“We were able to claw back with incredible effort and intensity,” said Clemson coach Itoro Coleman, who improved to 3-2 against the Hokies in her career. “They wanted it today. When you focus on effort and bring it, and there’s no mistaking it on the court. It showed in the second half and helped us get the win today.”

Clemson wore pink as the Tigers participated in the league-wide initiative to “Play4Kay,” a tribute to Kay Yow, the late N.C. State coach who died of breast cancer.

The Tigers defeated the Hokies (8-17, 2-12) for the second time this season and won their third in a row overall in the series. They also evened their all-time mark at 4-4 against Virginia Tech at home.

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