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Harris scores 16 as No. 17 Virginia wins 9th straight in ACC with 63-58 win over Clemson

  • Virginia's Joe Harris drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Clemson Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.(AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

    Virginia's Joe Harris drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Clemson Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.(AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)  (The Associated Press)

  • Clemson's Damarcus Harrison, right, shoots a jumper while being pressured by Virginia's Joe Harris during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.(AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

    Clemson's Damarcus Harrison, right, shoots a jumper while being pressured by Virginia's Joe Harris during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.(AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)  (The Associated Press)

  • Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, center, watches the action from the bench area during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Clemson Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.(AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

    Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, center, watches the action from the bench area during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Clemson Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.(AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)  (The Associated Press)

Joe Harris scored 16 points, including a critical 3-pointer with about three minutes left, and No. 17 Virginia won its ninth straight Atlantic Coast Conference game for the first time in 32 years with a 63-58 victory over Clemson on Saturday.

The Cavaliers (21-5) moved to 12-1 in ACC play, also for the first time since Ralph Sampson patrolled the middle in the 1981-82 season. Not that it came easily as Virginia's No. 1 defense was matched up against a team in Clemson that ranked second nationally in fewest points allowed.

The Tigers (15-9, 6-6) trailed 49-48 on Rod Hall's layup with 3:38 to go. That's when Harris struck for a 3 and Anthony Gill followed with a three-point play for a 55-50 lead.

Clemson closed to 59-58 on K.J. McDaniels' 3 with 20.7 seconds left, but Malcolm Brogdon made two foul shots as the Cavaliers held on.