Clemson closed out 2019 by blowing a 10 point lead at home against Miami eventually losing in overtime to fall to 0-3 in ACC. A new year, however, brought a new day for the Tigers. They led wire to wire in knocking off NC State 81-70 at Littlejohn Coliseum Saturday afternoon. The Tigers snapped a 3 game losing streak to the Wolfpack and improved to 7-7 overall, 1-3 in the ACC. State fell to 10-4 and 1-2. It was a crucial win for the Tigers considering their next two games are at North Carolina and at home to Duke.
Some key notes on Clemson’s win over NC State
- Clemson built a 14 point first half lead hitting seven three-pointers in the first 15 minutes of the game. They would make just two more the rest of the way.
- Down 34-20, State finished the half with a 15-7 run to close within 6 at intermission.
- The margin stayed in single digits for most of the second half. The Wolfpack got to within one point twice, the last time with 11:55 to play. Clemson responded with jumpers from John Newman and Curran Scott to go up 57-52. State missed nine straight shots and only some free throws kept the ?Wolfpack close at 61-58. The Tigers scored the next seven points to lead 68-58 with 3:35 to play and State would get no closer than 6 points the rest of the way.
- Clemson coach Brad Brownell said they put in a few new wrinkles for this game, including a slip-screen, that allowed the Tigers to get good shots in the paint. The finished with 36 points in the paint.
- Aamir Simms led five Clemson players in double figures with 16 points. The Tigers had 18 assists on their 23 made field goals.
- Final Game Box
Brad Brownell postgame