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NC State rallies past Clemson 58-57

Posted February 10, 2013

FINAL: NC State 58, Clemson 57

NC State fell behind by double digits at Clemson Sunday but a Scott Wood 3-pointer with one second left lifted the Wolfpack to a 58-57 win. NC State is now 6-5 in ACC play and 17-7 on the year.

NC State overcame 12 turnovers by forcing 16 Clemson turnovers. Richard Howell and CJ Leslie each had a double-double and Lorenzo Brown contributed 15 points off the bench. 

2:14 2nd: Clemson 55, NC State 51

Richard Howell has his double-double, but Clemson's KJ McDaniels has 12 points, six rebounds and five blocks as the Tigers lead the Wolfpack by four at the final media timeout.

NC State has turned the ball over just once in the second half to nine for Clemson.

7:37 2nd: NC State 45, Clemson 44

NC State is on a 10-2 run and has forced eight Clemson turnovers in the second half and the Wolfpack has regained the lead at the under-8 timeout.

11:40 2nd: Clemson 44, NC State 43

NC State is on an 8-2 run and has cut the Clemson lead to just one point at the under-12 timeout.

CJ Leslie and Richard Howell have each reached double digits and are nearing double-double figures with rebounds. 

NC State has yet to commit a second half turnover and the Tugers are up to 12 for the game helping the Wolfpack get back into it.

14:40  2nd: Clemson 42, NC State 35

Jordan Roper has set a new career high with 17 points for Clemson and every NC State run has been answered by the Tigers as they lead by seven at the first media timeout of the second half.

For NC State there is the good with Lorenzo Brown's 11 points and five rebounds and the bad with Calvin Leslie's 2-for-9 shooting with three turnovers.

HALFTIME: Clemson 32, NC State 26

NC State went on an 11-4 run to cut the margin to five after trailing by as much as 12 and enter the break down six.

Lorenzo Brown did not start but came off the bench to have nine points and four rebounds. NC State as a team is shooting just 30 percent from the floor and has committed nine turnovers.

3:05 1st: Clemson 26, NC State 18

Lorenzo Brown has been the lone bright spot for the Wolfpack scoring seven points off the bench as NC State continues to trail Clemson, 26-18.

Neither team is shooting well and the teams have combined for 18 turnovers in the first 17 minutes of play.

7:51 1st: Clemson 21, NC State 12

NC State's struggles continue at Clemson as they are just 4-for-17 from the floor and have seven turnovers in the first 12 minutes of play and trail the Tigers by nine.

Calvin Leslie has committed three turnovers, has a foul and has seen bench time in the early going for NC State.

11:05 1st: Clemson 16, NC State 7

NC State is just 3-for-15 from the floor and have committed four turnovers as they are down by nine at Clemson at the second media timeout.

15:52 1st: Clemson 8, NC State 3

NC State came out of the tip sloppy with turnovers, empty possessions and unnecessary fouls and are trailing Clemson 8-3 at the first media timeout.

Lorenzo Brown has checked into the game after the break and the Wolfpack are running a guard-heavy set with Brown and Lewis in and Leslie sitting.

20:00 1st: NC State at Clemson

According to reports, Lorenzo Brown will dress and is expected to play today. He will not start, however, as Tyler Lewis will get the nod for the third game in a row.

Rodney Purvis, Scott Wool, Richard Howell and Calvin Leslie will also start for the Wolfpack.

Pregame

The NC State Wolfpack look to snap a three-game losing streak as they visit Littlejohn Coliseum to tangle with the Clemson Tigers in Atlantic Coast Conference action.

This will be the second matchup of the season and the 147th in history between these schools on the hardwood. NC State held off the Tigers for a 66-62 victory in the first matchup of the season to extend its all-time series lead to 98-48.

Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack dropped a 98-85 decision at Duke on Thursday to mark its third loss in a row as it fell to Virginia and Miami-Florida by narrow margins in its two previous outings. The setbacks dropped NC State to a 16-7 overall record and a 5-5 mark in the ACC standings. Junior point guard Lorenzo Brown has been out of commission since sustaining an ankle injury versus Virginia, and it is unclear whether he will return on Sunday. With Brown out, freshman Tyler Lewis has averaged 10.7 points and 4.3 assists per game while filling in as a starter.

Even without Brown, NC State has one of the most talented lineups in all of college basketball. The Wolfpack are one of the top shooting teams in the nation at a healthy 50.6 percent clip, ranking fourth nationally. That has yielded a 78.8 ppg scoring offense average, which is the second best mark in the ACC behind only Duke. Five players come into this game averaging double figures, led by C.J. Leslie's 15.7 ppg. Richard Howell has been a force in the paint, averaging a double-double with 13.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. T.J. Warren (11.9 ppg) is a dangerous asset off the bench, while Scott Wood (11.6 ppg - 60 3-pointers) is the team's top threat from beyond the arc.

Howell led a group of five players in double figures with 23 points and nine rebounds in NC State's trip to Durham, but it was clearly not enough to help it avoid the 13-point loss. Duke outscored the Wolfpack 30-12 from beyond the 3-point line and also held a 32-11 edge in free-throw line scoring. The double-digit loss to a team the Wolfpack previously beat by eight at home, dropped their record to 1-5 in true road tests.

The Tigers are also coming off a loss to a team they have already defeated. Clemson was completely dominated on Thursday as it fell, 78-41, at Virginia to the defensively suffocating Cavaliers. Coach Brad Brownell's squad is now 12-10 on the season and 4-6 in ACC play. Devin Booker is pacing Clemson this season with 12.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per tilt after he finished with seven points and nine rebounds in the loss at Virginia.

K.J. McDaniels scored a team-high 10 points versus the Cavaliers as Clemson submitted a dreadful shooting display. The Tigers made only one of 17 attempts from beyond the arc, a season-low six percent mark. Virginia took advantage of Clemson's 19 turnovers, turning them into 32 points. In addition to Booker, McDaniels (11.0 ppg) and Milton Jennings (10.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg) also own double- digit scoring averages.

Both teams fought hard in the first battle, but NC State's homecourt advantage gave it the slight edge. Clemson may be able to knock off the Wolfpack if Brown is unable to return, but NC State will be a very difficult foe either way.

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  • wunhunglo Feb 10, 3:37 p.m.

    good win wolfpack did anyone else see scott wood get kicked in the nuts at the end on the last shot

    — Posted by wunhunglo

    Not until you said that, but I went back and verified it.. He did indeed take a toe to the... View More

    — Posted by Wolfpackindahizzy4shizzy

    i was gald to see them win one on the road and a close one a that but i got a good laugh out that

  • Big Mike Feb 10, 3:28 p.m.

    Whoooooooooohaaaah! Love those buzzer beaters by the Pack!..

  • Wolfpackindahizzy4shizzy Feb 10, 3:28 p.m.

    good win wolfpack did anyone else see scott wood get kicked in the nuts at the end on the last shot

    — Posted by wunhunglo

    Not until you said that, but I went back and verified it.. He did indeed take a toe to the groin.

    Good D though :)

  • iron fist Feb 10, 3:26 p.m.

    The PACK can not be stop with Brown. I don't see The Pack losing again.

    — Posted by klucas111

    The only way you don't see them lose again is if you don't watch the games they will lose 2-3 more

  • Wolfpackindahizzy4shizzy Feb 10, 3:25 p.m.

    Go Pack!!

    Much needed win. Good to see Zo back out there. 1 game at a time.

  • Hokies94 Feb 10, 3:24 p.m.

    Solid win for the Pack. Congrat's.

  • wunhunglo Feb 10, 3:17 p.m.

    good win wolfpack did anyone else see scott wood get kicked in the nuts at the end on the last shot

  • foghat001 Feb 10, 3:16 p.m.

    CLEMSON - long, long arms. Dang. Need to watch them play more.

  • jam3 Feb 10, 3:15 p.m.

    Wood can't play no D, but I'll take my chances on him shooting a game winner any day. Nice execution and Gott set up for the win. I like that!!!

  • PackFan1983 Feb 10, 3:14 p.m.

    The PACK can not be stop with Brown. I don't see The Pack losing again.

    — Posted by klucas111

    You saw what the difference was without him, don't you? Transition - about 15-20 pts a game. But it also exposed some half court problems - we can't make a layup and we're one defensive big man short on the front. I think that's why you don't see Leslie sitting for bonehead turnovers and plays.

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