Tigers forward P.J. Hall came up with a brilliant performance to carry Clemson past NC State 70-65 in Raleigh, Saturday. Hall poured in 20 points on just 16 shots and blocked four shots to spearhead a tenacious defensive effort. Clemson (10-5, 2-2) dominated the interior, outscoring NC State 44-20 in the paint and holding the Wolfpack to just 31% shooting on 2-point attempts and 32% overall.
Both clubs struggled to get into rhythm over the first 20 minutes but Clemson’s offense found its groove in the second half, scoring 40 points on 57% shooting after intermission. Guard Al-Amir Dawes carried the load early, scoring 10 of his 16 points in the first half before handing the baton to Hall. State had no answer for Hall as the sophomore knocked down 6 of his 10 shots in the second half. Dawes and Hall handled the scoring while swingman David Collins manned the boards, snatching a game-high 11 rebounds to go with five points and three steals.
The Tigers face another road test at Notre Dame, traveling next to South Bend for a 7 p.m. tipoff, Wednesday.