Brogdon's 18 lead No. 4 Virginia to 64-57 victory


Brogdon's 18 lead No. 4 Virginia to 64-57 victory

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Malcolm Brogdon had no doubt of No. 4 Virginia's fate if it faced this road challenge two months ago.

"This is a game we probably would've lost earlier in ACC play," Brogdon said.

Instead, the Cavaliers recovered after losing a double-digit lead to defeat Clemson 64-57 on Tuesday night and keep alive their long shot bid for an Atlantic Coast Conference title.

"We're resilient," said Brogdon, who led Virginia (23-76, 12-5) with 18 points. "It just speaks to our maturity."

The Cavaliers have indeed grown from the mess that was a 2-3 start -- all three defeats on the road -- to the ACC season. Now, they have won 10 of 12 and with the right set of circumstances could wind up with a share of first place when the weekend's over.

"This year we've lost some tough ones and they haven't made excuses," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. "They've just showed up and played and realized it's worth the fight. That's what I like from them."

The Cavaliers got off to a 12-0 start and looked ready to blow the Tigers out of the building. Instead, Clemson (16-13, 9-8) scratched away and led 47-46 on Gabe DeVoe's 3-pointer with 6:29 remaining.

That's when Virginia scored seven straight points, started by Anthony Gill's three-point play, to gain control toward its third straight 12-win ACC season -- a feat last accomplished from 1981-83 when Ralph Sampson patrolled the paint for the Cavaliers.

Gill had 11 points and 10 rebounds, his third double-double for Virginia this season. London Perrantes had 13 points, including a 3-pointer after Clemson closed to 53-52 with under 3 minutes remaining.

"We never stop fighting," Perrantes said. "We're hoping it helps in the long run and we feel that it has."

Jaron Blossomgame led Clemson with 31 points.

Blossomgame finished two points shy of his career high, set two games ago in a loss at North Carolina State.

"We just aren't great at any one thing," Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. "We're pretty good at a lot of things, but one of them breaks down in games and we aren't good enough or strong enough to overcome it."

Clemson started 0 for 10 from the field and the Tigers looked like they were going to get blown out in their final regular-season home game. Instead, the Tigers rallied with a 19-9 run to get back in it.

But Brogdon and Perrantes blunted any charge Clemson would make.

When the Tigers sliced the lead to 18-13, Brogdon hit his fourth 3-pointer of the half to extend the margin.

Clemson closed to 28-25 on Blossomgame's free throws with 2:15 to go, Perrantes connected on a long-range basket to keep Virginia on top.

Brogdon scored 14 points in the half as the Cavaliers led 33-27.

Clemson, as it did in wins here over ranked opponents Louisville, Duke and Miami earlier this season, rallied to move in front. The Tigers, though, could not sustain the run against the Cavaliers' best-in-the-ACC defense.

Clemson has lost five of its past seven games by an average margin of four points.


Virginia: The Cavaliers are looking to win at least 23 games for a fourth straight season, something they had not done in more than three decades since 1980-83 when they were led by Sampson.

Clemson: The Tigers will finish with more ACC victories than non-conference wins this season. Clemson has nine league wins so far. It went just 7-5 in its pre-ACC schedule.


Bennett said his players aren't concerned about matching Virginia's elite basketball history, just about enjoying the ride they're on at the moment. Bennett said the joy in the game comes from playing well and that's what Virginia has done the past six weeks. "The accomplishments you get, `OK, that's nice,' and maybe you look back on it at some point," he said. "We talk a lot about just being ready."


Blossomgame had more than 50 percent of his team's points (31 of 57), something that had not occurred for the Tigers since Skip Wise scored 38 of their 75 points in a game against Penn in 1974.


Virginia closes the regular season against No. 11 Louisville on Saturday.

Clemson finishes ACC regular season play at Boston College on Saturday.

Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors


Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

Leaving the Georgetown Hoyas a season early is initially paying off for Marcus Derrickson. 

Less than a month before what would have been his senior season at Georgetown, the 6-7 forward has signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. 

Derrickson nabbed the second two-way position on the Warriors after an outstanding Summer League translated to a solid preseason.

Fitting right into the Warriors deep-ball oriented scheme, Derrickson was 6-16 from three point range during the five-game preseason. He's a versatile stretch-four that continues to develop and improve on his outside game. 

By signing a two-way contract, the former All-Big East Second teamer will have a chance to get called up to the two-time defending NBA champions at any point this season for up to 45 days. The remaining time will be with the Warriors' G-league affiliate the Santa Cruz Warriors

This arrangement will earn Derrickson a contract of $75,000 and a prorated amount for however much time he is practicing/ playing with Golden State. 

If he is called up to the NBA for more than the allotted 45 days, then the Warriors are obligated to give him a minimum rookie contract. 

Derrickson continues to prove himself as the list of aspiring players dwindles. As each contract begins to near its end, the Warriors time after time offer another opportunity.


West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll


West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll

After four of the top eight teams lost, The Associated Press college football poll had a new look behind No. 1 Alabama, with Ohio State reaching No. 2, LSU jumping back to No. 5 and Michigan moving into the top 10 for the first time this season.

The Crimson Tide received all but one of the 61 first-place votes from the media panel Sunday, with Ohio State receiving the other. No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Notre Dame also moved up a spot. LSU jumped eight after handing Georgia its first loss of the season. The Bulldogs slipped from No. 2 to No. 8.

No. 6 Michigan has its best ranking of the season after blowing out Wisconsin and Texas is up two spots to No. 7.

No. 9 Oklahoma moved back into the top 10 while it was idle and Central Florida remained No. 10.


1. Alabama 7-0 (60 first-place votes, no change from last week)

2. Ohio State 7-0 (1 first-place vote, No. 3 last week)

3. Clemson 6-0 (No. 4 last week)

4. Notre Dame 7-0 (No. 5 last week)

5. LSU 6-1 (No. 13 last week)

6. Michigan 6-1 (No. 12 last week)

7. Texas 6-1 (No. 9 last week)

8. Georgia 6-1 (No. 2 last week)

9. Oklahoma 5-1 (No. 11 last week)

10. UCF 6-0 (No change from last week)

11. Florida 6-1 (No. 14 last week)

12. Oregon 5-1 (No. 17 last week)

13. West Virginia 5-1 (No. 6 last week)

14. Kentucky 5-1 (No. 18 last week)

15. Washington 5-2 (No. 7 last week)

16. NC State 5-0 (No. 20 last week)

17. Texas A&M 5-2 (No. 22 last week)

18. Penn State 4-2 (No. 8 last week)

19. Iowa 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

20. Cincinnati 6-0 (No. 25 last week)

21. South Florida 6-0 (No. 23 last week)

22. Mississippi State 4-2 (No. 24 last week)

23. Wisconsin 4-2 (No. 15 last week)

24. Michigan State 4-2 (Not ranked last week)

25. Washington State 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

Virginia and Maryland are among those that received votes, with each team getting two apiece.


Eight ranked teams overall lost Saturday, including three previously unbeaten teams. Joining Georgia among the previously undefeated on Saturday were West Virginia and Colorado.


All the losses up and down the rankings meant plenty of movement. Joining LSU and Michigan as teams that gained at least four spots were:

-- No. 12 Oregon jumped five after beating Washington in overtime. The Ducks have their best ranking since September 2015.

-- No. 17 Texas A&M moved up five after edging South Carolina on the road.

-- It was a good week to be idle and watch teams plummet. No. 14 Kentucky and No. 16 North Carolina State each gained four spots in an idle week, and No. 20 Cincinnati moved up five.


-- No. 13 West Virginia lost at Iowa State and fell seven spots after reaching a season high last week.

-- No. 15 Washington dropped eight spots after losing at Oregon.

-- No. 18 Penn State's second straight close home loss, this time to Michigan State, dropped the Nittany Lions 10 spots.

-- No. 23 Wisconsin, which started the season ranked fourth, dropped eight spots after its second loss.


-- Colorado reached No. 19, racking up wins against a weak schedule, but USC manhandled the Buffaloes in Los Angeles and now they are unranked.

-- Miami, which started the season at No. 8, is out altogether after losing at Virginia.

-- Auburn, which started the season ninth, is out and no longer receiving votes after getting beat at home by Tennessee and falling to 4-3.


-- Iowa surged into the rankings for the first time this season at No. 19.

-- No. 24 Michigan State is back in after a week out.

-- No. 25 Washington State moved in just in time to host ESPN's "College GameDay" for the first time ever with Oregon coming to town. Getting to Pullman, Washington, is notable for the show because for years it has been followed around by Wazzu fans waving the `Ol Crimson school flag.


A week after the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the poll, the SEC lost one and the Big Ten gained two. The ACC has only two ranked team for the first time since Oct. 4, 2015, when Clemson was No. 6 and Florida State was No. 12. The Tigers played for in the national championship game that season.

SEC -- 7 teams (1, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 23).

Big Ten -- 6 (2, 6, 18, 19, 22, 24).

American -- 3 (10, 20, 21).

Big 12 -- 3 (7, 9, 13).

Pac-12 -- 3 (12, 15, 25).

ACC -- 2 (3, 16).

Independent -- 1 (4).


No. 16 North Carolina State at No. 3 Clemson. The ACC's only ranked and unbeaten teams meet in a game that will likely go a long way toward settling the Atlantic Division.

No. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU. This will be the fourth ranked team the Tigers have faced -- though two (Miami and Auburn) are no longer.

No. 6 Michigan at No. 24 Michigan State. Another chance for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines to flipped the narrative.

No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington State. The Ducks look to make it an Evergreen State sweep.