Clemson’s comeback falls short against Wolfpack

Clemson fell behind 10-0 only to tie it twice in the second half in an upset bid against No. 14 NC State at PNC Arena, but the Wolfpack escaped with a 66-62 win to improve to 11-0 at home this season.

NC State moved to 15-3 overall, 4-1 in the ACC. Clemson fell to 10-7 on the season, 2-3 in league play.

Devin Booker had a game- and career-high 27 points for the Tigers. The 6-foot-8 center set a career-high with 13 field goals in 18 attempts. It was the second highest point total by a Tiger in 82 games under Head Coach Brad Brownell. Only Andre Young’s 29 against Georgia Tech last season was better. Rod Hall added a season-high 16 points, hitting 7-of-13 field goals. Hall had 12 after halftime.

Clemson shot 50 percent in the second half and 40.6 percent for the game. NC State was held to 45.1 percent shooting, the first time this season the Wolfpack won a game in which it shot less than 50 percent as a team. T.J. Warren was 9-for-11 for 21 points – his fourth 20-point effort of the season – to lead the ‘Pack. Three players added 11 apiece, including freshman Rodney Purvis who was hot early.

After trailing by double figures for much of the game, Clemson’s Milton Jennings hit his third 3-pointer of the second half to cut it to 63-62 with 12.9 remaining. Still down only three with just 8.7 left, Hall turned the ball over on the inbounds pass before Lorenzo Brown iced it with a second free throw.

The Tigers stay on the road for their next contest, Thursday at Florida State.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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