The Hoyas missed out on Nerlens Noel, but John Thompson III still landed a promising center for his 2012 class.Bradley Hayes, a 6-foot-11, 230 lb senior from Jacksonville signed with Georgetown this week, according to recruiting analyst Adam Zagroia, providing the Hoyas coach with another big man option. Connecticut and Texas A&M were also in pursuit of the raw but promising center.Zagoria, who writes for CSNwashington's sister site in New York, reports Hayes recently visited the Georgetown campus and toured the Verizon Center during the Capitals-Rangers series.Yes,Hayes said by text. I signed with Georgetown Tuesday night and Im really excited about attending one of the best universities in the nation and they have a great basketball program.I really connected with Coach John Thompson III and the entire staff. My teammates made me feel that I was really a part of the Hoya family. And the real work starts now.Growing nine inches in three seasons led to injuries - he was 6-foot-2 as a freshman, 6-foot-6 as a sophomore - andHayes played only one full season at the high school level. That was this past season and hedominated with 13 points and 12 rebounds per game. His lack of experience could limit his playing time next season for the Hoyas, who will need to replace graduating senior's Henry Sims' minutes in the middle. Georgetown is also expected tohave the services ofwide-bodied centers Tyler Adams and Moses Ayegbaafter both sat out the 2011-12 season.Hayes joins wing guard DVauntes Smith-Rivera and power forward Brandon Bolden in Georgetowns 2012 class. The Hoyasalso lost senior guard Jason Clark to graduation and 3-point threat Hollis Thompson declared early for the NBA Draft, but return rising sophomore forwards Otto Porter and Greg Whittington.
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Virginia's London Perrantes thought about getting to Clemson a little early. After all, who doesn't love a parade?
"I thought that was cool," Perrantes said of the Clemson's football national championship parade and ceremony Saturday morning. "I wish I got to witness that. It was crazy packed coming in here."
Perrantes put on a show of his own in the game, making four 3-pointers and scoring a season-high 25 points to lead the 19th-ranked Cavaliers to a 77-73 victory against the Tigers.
It was the senior's second straight game with 20-plus points after coach Tony Bennett encouraged him to shoot more often.
"He kind of gave me that confidence to go out and play," Perrantes said.
The Cavaliers (13-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 58 percent from the field in their second straight win since dropping two in a row to Pittsburgh and Florida State. Marial Shayok tied his career high with 17 points, and Isaiah Wilkins finished with eight points and 13 rebounds.
Virginia blew a nine-point lead in the second half, but Perrantes stepped up for the Cavaliers down the stretch. After Clemson tied it at 70 on Jaron Blossomgame's three-point play with 2:18 left, Perrantes made his fourth 3-pointer to put Virginia back in front.
Perrantes pushed the lead to 75-70 with another basket with 41 seconds left, prompting many of the fans to head for the exits.
"When we need him the most he shows up," Shayok said. "When he's rolling, everybody's rolling."
It was a festive day at Clemson (11-6, 1-4), with the school holding a big party to celebrate its first national championship in football in 35 years. But the basketball team dropped its fourth straight game since winning nine in a row.
Blossomgame led the Tigers with 22 points, and Avry Holmes and Gabe DeVoe each scored 15.
"This is our fourth league game that's come down to the last minute and we've only won one," said Brad Brownell, Clemson's seventh-year coach. "That's frustrating for all of us."
The Cavaliers shot 10 for 18 on 3-pointers, just the second time this season they finished with double-digit baskets from behind the arc.
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Steve Vasturia and No. 20 Notre Dame are making a habit of playing in close games, and winning them.
The Fighting Irish did it again Saturday, rebounding after blowing all of a 19-point lead to beat Virginia Tech 76-71.
"When you win those type of games, you like those moments and you're not afraid to step up," Vasturia said.
Vasturia scored 20 points and Matt Farrell and Bonzie Colson added 14 each for the Fighting Irish (16-2, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won their five conference games by a total of 23 points.
More impressively, three of the wins have come on the road.
"That's five games in a row now in league play where we kind of believe when it gets down the stretch, we've been able to get defensive stops -- we did it again tonight -- and then make big-time, fearless offensive plays," Irish coach Mike Brey said.
"I think now it's a psychological advantage because we've closed out so many games, we kind of believe."
Virginia Tech had a 15-game home winning streak snapped.
The Hokies (13-4, 2-3) trailed almost throughout, but went ahead 67-66 on a three-point play by Chris Clarke with 1:52 to play. But Farrell scored on a drive and the Hokies turned it over on consecutive possessions and the Irish converted, rebuilding their lead.
The outcome won't be one to dwell on, Clarke said.
"Just let it sting for a little bit so you learn from it and get ready for the next game or the next practice."
Clark had 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Allen added 16 points and Justin Robinson 14 for the Hokies.
Notre Dame made 14 of its first 20 shots, scoring 17 straight at one point and building a 33-14 lead.