NC State fends off Clemson, 66-62
Posted January 20, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — FINAL: NC State 66, Clemson 62
Clemson battled the Wolfpack for 40 minutes Sunday, led by Devin Booker’s 27 points, but NC State was able to outlast the Tigers in a 66-62 win, improving to 15-3 on the year and 4-1 in ACC play.
3:37 2nd: NC State 54, Clemson 53
NC State has slowly let their lead slip away over the course of the second half and Clemson is in a position to move in front as the game has reached the final media timeout.
7:28 2nd: NC State 51, Clemson 47
Clemson cut the NC State advantage to just two points, the slimmest of the night, but CJ Leslie moved the ledger back to four before the under-8 timeout at PNC Arena.
Clemson has not led all game after falling in a 7-0 hole in the first two minutes. Booker's point total has reached 27 on 13-for-17 shooting - NC State has no answer for him, nor to they look overly concerned.
11:30 2nd: NC State 45, Clemson 40
TJ Warren went on another personal run just as Clemson was knocking on the door as he scored five in a row and the Pack continue to lead the Tigers midway through the second half.
Warren is now up to 19 points, just three shy of a career best. Booker, for Clemson, already reached a career mark with his 23 points on 11-for-15 shooting.
15:33 2nd: NC State 39, Clemson 32
A rather cluttered start to the second half for both teams, but Clemson netted their first three, Purvis dunked for his first non-three and NC State leads Clemson by seven.
Booker is two points shy of his career-high 22. Richard Howell now has seven rebounds to go with four points.
HALF: NC State 34, Clemson 26
NC State's TJ Warren and Clemson's Devin Booker have been the show offensively as they have scored 14 and 18 points, respectively, but the Pack lead by eight at the break.
Warren was held scoreless in two of his last three games but his career high is 22 points. Rodney Purvis has taken five shots, all of them 3-pointers, but he has hit three and has nine points.
While the score is in the favor of the Pack and there is a lot of basketball to go, Mark Gottfried cannot be happy with nine turnovers. Also, Scott Wood has two fouls.
3:05 1st: NC State 28, Clemson 20
TJ Warren scored 10 consecutive NC State points and is setting the tone along with Rodney Purvis as the Wolfpack lead has reached eight points yet again.
Devin Booker is the Clemson offense in the first half as he has scored 16 of the teams 20 points.
7:29 1st: NC State 20, Clemson 14
A Scott Wood 3-pointer halted a 10-2 Clemson run and NC State has regained a sense of control of the game as they take a 20-14 lead to the under-8 timeout.
NC State went almost 5 minutes without a poind as the Tigers cut the margin to three points before Wood's shot.
11:20 1st: NC State 15, Clemson
The pace for the Wolfpack has calmed after a blazing start, but NC State continues to lead Clemson 15-10 at the under-12 timeout.
Purvis has hit three 3-pointers and has a game high nine points already.
15:36 1st: NC State 10, Clemson 2
NC State got out to an ideal start with six points from Rodney Purvis and lead Clemson at the first media timeout, 10-2.
The Wolfpack lead reached 7-0 at the 17:51 mark prompting a Clemson timeout. Lorenzo Brown and CJ Leslie have each scored as well.
20:00 1st: NC State vs. Clemson
NC State will wear black uniforms tonight and the starting five will be the usual suspects - Brown, Purvis, Wood, Leslie, Howell.
Stat of the night going in: NC State is one of two teams in the NCAA with five players averaging 11 points per game or better.
The No. 14 NC State Wolfpack look to bounce back from their first Atlantic Coast Conference loss of the season on Sunday when they host the Clemson Tigers.
This will be the 146th meeting in history between these schools on the hardwood. NC State owns a 97-48 all-time series lead after the ACC rivals split their last four encounters.
Brad Brownell's Tigers will be a tough visitor, as they are coming off two straight wins in which they held both Virginia and Wake Forest to just 44 points. Clemson's consecutive games holding ACC opponents to 45 points or less was a first in school history since the league formed in 1953. The back-to- back victories improved the Tigers to 2-2 in the league standings, but they have lost their last two true road games. Senior forward Devin Booker is pacing the team with 12.1 points per game and is averaging 10.8 rebounds per game in ACC play, third-best in league games. K.J. McDaniels (10.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg) and Milton Jennings (10.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg) are both significant contributors in the scoring column, while Rod Hall deals out 3.9 assists per contest from the point guard slot.
McDaniels tallied a game-high 14 points, grabbed a career-high nine boards, and rejected seven shots to lead Clemson past Wake Forest. Also scoring in double figures for the hosts were Adonis Filer and Booker with 13 and 12 points, respectively, the latter adding eight rebounds and a pair of blocks of his own. The Tigers held Wake Forest to 24.6 percent shooting while knocking down 44.9 percent of their own field goals, including 6-of-14 from 3-point range. On the season, Clemson is second to last in the ACC in scoring (64.1), but it sits near the top with the second lowest scoring defense (55.4) in the conference.
The Wolfpack return home where they are 10-0 in 2012-13, after suffering a heartbreaking, 51-50, loss to Maryland on Wednesday in College Park. Coach Mark Gottfried's team made a big stop when it needed it in the closing seconds, but the Terrapins' Alex Len scooped up the miss mid-air and put in the game-winning basket. The loss dropped the Wolfpack to a 14-3 overall record including their 3-1 mark in the ACC. Five players average double figures for the Wolfpack, while Rodney Purvis averages 9.4 points per game. C.J. Leslie leads NC State in scoring at 16 points per game. Richard Howell averages a double-double and leads the ACC in rebounding at 10.5 boards per contest.
Although NC State has the eighth highest scoring offense in the nation at 79.6 points per game, it could not figure out Maryland's defense. The Wolfpack, a 53 percent shooting team on the season, made just 31.1 percent of their shots in the game. Point guard Lorenzo Brown scored 17 points with eight rebounds and four assists, while Leslie posted 13 points and five rebounds. Although they are the best offensive team in the ACC statistically, they are also the second to worst defensive squad, allowing 69.0 points per tilt.
Clemson possesses the same kind of interior toughness Maryland used to down NC State on Tuesday, but the Wolfpack will be playing with a chip on their shoulders in front of a rowdy home crowd. Gottfried's team will be able to get back on track as long as Howell matches Booker inside.