CLEMSON, S.C., FEB. 21 -- Center Elden Campbell capped a 24-point effort with a three-point play with one second left as Clemson held off a Virginia rally to earn a 65-62 Atlantic Coast Conference victory today.
The Tigers, 12-11 overall and 2-8 in the league after snapping a six-game losing streak, saw Virginia rally from a 14-point deficit to tie it at 60 with 1:13 left.
Jerry Pryor, who had 12 points, put the Tigers ahead with 48 seconds left, but Mel Kennedy scored with 20 seconds left to tie it at 62. The 6-foot-10 Campbell then took a feed from Grayson Marshall in the final seconds and muscled inside for a layup and drew a foul from Kennedy.
Virginia, playing without senior guard John Johnson, was led by Kennedy with 26 points, 21 coming in the second half.
Johnson, who accompanied the team to Clemson but didn't dress for the game, was suspended Saturday after failing a university-administered drug test. Today, Coach Terry Holland said Johnson would not return to the team.
Virginia, 12-14 and 4-6, took an early 8-4 lead before Clemson guard Tim Kincaid, who scored 11 of his 16 points in the first half, ignited the Tigers to a 26-17 advantage with seven minutes left.
Virginia got within 30-27, but Pryor keyed another Clemson scoring surge to put the Tigers up, 37-27, at halftime.
The loss guaranteed the Cavaliers their first losing regular season since 1976-77.