Jerai Grant scored 17 points and Clemson clinched a first-round bye in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament with a 69-60 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday.
   The Tigers (20-10, 9-7) reached 20 wins for a record fifth straight season and, as the league's fourth-place team, get an extra day off before opening ACC tournament play next week. They
could use it after this one.
   Clemson held a 15-point lead with under 4 minutes to go when the Hokies tightened things with a 10-2 run and trailed 63-56 after Malcolm Delaney's foul shots with 1:28 to go.
   Virginia Tech (19-10, 9-7) couldn't get any closer, however.
   Delaney, the ACC's second leading scorer, finished with 19 points, but on 5 of 14 shooting. Delaney fouled out in the game's final minute. Grant added nine rebounds and four blocks for the Tigers.