Clemson senior forward Devin Booker turned in a career performance Sunday night in Raleigh with 27 points but the Tigers committed a critical turnover in the final ten seconds to kill their final chances in a 66-62 loss at NC State.
The Tigers trailed by three with eight seconds to play but Rod Hall slipped on an in bounds pass and State come up with the steal, one of just six turnovers for the Tigers on the night. Lorenzo Brown hit one free throw to put the Wolfpack up four and ice their 11th straight win at home this season without a defeat.
The 14th ranked Wolfpack is 15-3 overall and 4-1 in the ACC. The Tigers fall to 10-7 and 203 in league play.
“Certainly a hard fought game, I thought our guys played well,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. “Devin Booker was certainly fantastic and played at an extremely high level. I’m proud of the way our guys competed.”
Rod Hall also scored a career high for Clemson with 16 points. TJ Warren came off the bench for State to lead all scorers with 21 points.
State had a big edge at the foul line with 23 attempts compared to Clemson’s 7. The Wolfpack outscored the Tigers from the line 14-5.
Clemson is back in action Thursday night at NC State.