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Wolfpack hangs on to knock off #19 Clemson 78-77

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NC State knocked of their third straight Top-25 team, squeaking out a win over the #19 Tigers 78-77.

With about 3 and a half minutes to play, it looked as if State was going to run away with this one, but Clemson wasn’t done. They hit nearly every shot they took down the stretch and NC State was close to falling apart. They missed FTs, they turned it over, and they fouled a 3 point shooter with .2 seconds left and up 3.

Gabe DeVoe had 3 FTs with next to no time on the clock. He had to hit all 3. to send it into overtime. After knocking down the first 2, Kevin Keatts iced him with his final timeout.

Turned out, it worked. DeVoe clanked the last one, sending NC State to victory.

The stressful finish to this game is going to dominate the conversation, but the real story was the fact that NC State played an amazing basketball game.

Omer Yurtseven was insane. He scored a career-high 29 points on 12-18 shooting and 5-6 from 3 point range. He also pitched in 4 blocks.

As a team, NC State shot 42% from the floor and 48% from 3 point range. They shared the ball well, finishing with 15 assists on 28 FGs. And while did get outrebounded 43-32, they turned Clemson over 17 times, while only giving it away 4 times themselves.

Al Freeman finished with 14 points (though it took him 16 shots to do it) and had his second consecutive 5 assist game.

This win should have people taking the Wolfpack a little more seriously. They’ve beaten the #2 team twice and now have knocked off the #19 team. With Markell Johnson set to return next time out, Keatts group looks to continue to prove the doubters wrong.

Next up, NC State heads to #3 UVA at Sunday at 3pm on ESPNU.

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NC State’s ACC Leaders Heading Into Week 6 of College Basketball

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We are heading into Week 6 of the 2018-19 Men’s College Basketball season, and NC State is currently 8-1. Here’s a look at which Wolfpack players rank among the ACC leaders through 9 games of non-conference play.

Senior Torin Dorn is leaving his mark all over the box score, ranking 11th in scoring (16.1), 13th in rebounding (7.2), 7th in steals (2.0) and 6th in field goal percentage (53.3%).

Junior Point Guard Markell Johnson ranks 7th in the ACC (4.22), 6th in Assist/Turnover Ratio (2.53) and 2nd in 3-Point Field Goal Percentage (48.6%).

 

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NC State Men’s Basketball Falls to #37 in the Week 6 Coaches Poll

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The Week 6 Coaches Poll is out, and the NC State Men’s Basketball team fell two spots to #37. Last week the Wolfpack only played one game, defeating Western Carolina 100-67. They will take on Penn State this Saturday in the Boardwalk Classic at 2pm in Atlantic City.

ACC Teams in the Week 6 Coaches Poll Top-25

2) Duke (+1)
3) Virginia (+1)
10) FSU (+1)
12) UNC (-)
13) Virginia Tech (+1)

ACC Teams Receiving Votes

32) Syracuse (+2)
37) NC State (-2)

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NC State Moves Up to #32 in the Week 6 AP Men’s Basketball Poll

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The Week 6 AP Men’s Basketball Poll is out, and NC State moved up 2 spots to #32 after beating Western Carolina 100-67 last Wednesday.

ACC Teams in the Week 6 AP Poll Top-25

2) Duke (+1)
6) Virginia (-2)
10) Florida State (+1)
12) UNC (+2)
13) Virginia Tech (+2)
25) Syracuse (+2)

ACC Teams Receiving Votes

32) NC State

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NC State Ranks 15th in NBCSports Week 6 Men’s Basketball Top-25

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NBCSports revealed their Week 6 Men’s College Basketball Top-25 last night, and NC State moved up two spots to #15.

Week 6 Top-25

1. Duke (9-1, Last week: 2)
2. Michigan (10-0, 3)
3. Tennessee (7-1, 6)
4. Gonzaga (9-1, 1)
5. Virginia (9-0, 4)
6. Kansas (8-0, 5)
7. Nevada (10-0, 7)
8. Auburn (8-1, 8)
9. North Carolina (7-2, 9)
10. Florida State (8-1, 10)
11. Texas Tech (8-0, 11)
12. Michigan State (8-2, 13)
13. Virginia Tech (8-1, 14)
14. Wisconsin (8-2, 15)
15. N.C. State (8-1, 17)
16. Ohio State (8-1, 19)
17. Arizona State (7-1, 20)
18. Purdue (6-4, 18)
19. Villanova (8-2, UR)
20. Syracuse (7-2, UR)
21. Marquette (8-2, UR)
22. Buffalo (9-0, UR)
23. Mississippi State (8-1, 25)
24. Iowa (7-2, 23)
25. Nebraska (8-2, 24)

New Additions: 19. Villanova, 20 Syracuse, 21. Marquette
Dropped Out: 12. Kentucky, 16. Kansas State, 21. Creighton (NBCSports)

NBCSports has been a believer in the Wolfpack from the start this year, ranking them 23rd in their Preseason Poll.

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