NC State came out guns blazing, looking to put an awful loss to Maryland behind them. Rodney Purvis knocked down three early 3s and it looked like the Wolfpack was going to run the Tigers out of town.
Then Devin Booker stepped in.
Clemson’s senior forward was nearly unstoppable. Some of was NC State’s poor position defense in the post, but a lot of it was just a career night in the making for Booker who finished with 27.
Clemson creeped back into the game with solid post defense, holding Leslie and Howell to only 17 total points, but they forgot about someone. Freshman TJ Warren, coming off his worst game at NC State, was huge. TJ finished with 21 points, many of which came when no one else on State could find their stroke.
Bookers dominance forced State to go zone late in the second half, which slowed them down, but didn’t knock them out. Milton Jennings hit a huge 3 and NC State was tied up with Clemson with less than 2 minutes to play. That’s when Howell stepped up. Quite for most of the day, Sir Rich slipped open when Clemson got lost focusing on Wood. Scott hit Rich on the slip, where he finished with the bucket and the foul.
It seemed like the Pack was out of hot water , but Jennings hit another 3 to bring it to 1, but that was as close as they’d get. State executed in inbounding it to Scott Wood who put the Tigers on ice with the FT shooting.
Stay tuned as we’ll have player and coach quotes, our breakdown of each player and game stats…coming soon!