Gardner leads Virginia’s late rally to beat Clemson 75-65; UVA now 3-1 in ACC

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Virginia forward Jayden Gardner pulls the ball away from Clemson forward Naz Bohannon (33) during an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. Clemson won 67-50. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Jayden Gardner scored 23 points and Virginia pulled away in the final seven minutes to beat Clemson 75-65.  Virginia, which has won three of its last four, avenged a 67-50 loss to the Tigers on Dec. 22 that ended an 11-game win streak in the series.

The Cavaliers have won six straight against the Tigers in South Carolina. The Cavaliers closed on a 19-8 run.

Gardner made six free throws during the stretch. Armaan Franklin added 13 points for Virginia (9-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Hunter Tyson scored 15 points for Clemson (9-5, 1-2), which ended a four-game win streak.

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