Gardner leads Virginia’s late rally to beat Clemson 75-65

APTOPIX_Clemson_Virginia_Basketball_05455 Virginia guard Kihei Clark (0) shoots next to Clemson forward Ian Schieffelin (1) during an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. Clemson won 67-50.
Clemson_Virginia_Basketball_17968 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.
Clemson_Virginia_Basketball_70676 Virginia guard Reece Beekman (2) is pressured by Clemson guard David Collins during an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. Clemson won 67-50.
Clemson_Virginia_Basketball_53562 Clemson guard David Collins (13) shoots in front of Virginia forward Jayden Gardner (1) during an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. Clemson won 67-50.
Clemson_Virginia_Basketball_78186 Clemson forward Hunter Tyson (5) celebrates a basket, next to Virginia forward Jayden Gardner (1) during an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. Clemson won 67-50.
Clemson_Virginia_Basketball_76534 Virginia coach Tony Bennett reacts to a play during the team's NCAA college basketball game against Clemson in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. Clemson won 67-50.
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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Jayden Gardner scored 23 points and Virginia pulled away in the final seven minutes to beat Clemson 75-65 on Tuesday night.

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.

Gardner shot 7 for 11 and 9 for 10 from the free-throw line. Armaan Franklin added 13 points for Virginia (9-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which shot 54% (25 of 46) and made 21 of its 24 (87.5%) free throws.

Hunter Tyson scored 15 points to lead Clemson (9-5, 1-2), which ended a four-game win streak. David Collins added 14 points, PJ Hall 13 points and Nick Honor 11.

Virginia led by eight with 4:33 remaining in the first half before Clemson closed on an 11-2 run for a 37-36 halftime advantage. There were seven ties and five lead changes in the second half before the Cavaliers took the lead for good with 6:51 to go.

Virginia concludes a three-game road swing at North Carolina on Saturday.

Clemson plays at North Carolina State on Saturday.

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