Clemson trailed Virginia Tech by 14 points with 2:33 remaining before rallying to pull within five in the final minute, but it was not enough as the Tigers dropped their third consecutive game, falling 65-58 Wednesday night in Blacksburg, Va.
Clemson’s three-game skid started last week in an overtime loss at Florida State and continued Sunday at home against Duke before Clemson lost to Virginia Tech on Wednesday.
Marcquise Reed carried the Tigers (20-7, 9-6) with 28 points, including eight 3-pointers, but he did not get much help as No. 15 Clemson played without starting point guard Shelton Mitchell for the second consecutive game.
Elijah Thomas added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, but Gabe DeVoe struggled for the second consecutive game, finishing with eight points on 3-for-9 shooting. Five of his eight points came in the final minute.
Clemson had only two players score in double figures and Scott Spencer, Clyde Trapp and Mark Donnal combined to play more than 40 minutes without scoring.
Justin Robinson and Kerry Blackshear each finished with 14 points to lead the Hokies.
Virginia Tech (20-8, 9-6) led 26-25 at halftime before Clemson took its largest lead of the game at 38-34 with 13:43 remaining, but the Hokies responded with a 10-0 run to take the lead for good.