|Wood's 3-pointer with one second remaining sinks Tigers|
|by David Hood - Senior Writer - Sunday, February 10, 2013 4:00 PM||
CLEMSON – Scott Wood hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with just one second remaining and the N.C. State Wolfpack avoided a four-game losing streak in knocking off Clemson 58-57 Sunday afternoon in Littlejohn Coliseum.
The winning shot was set up after Milton JenningsMilton Jennings
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Demarcus Harrison’s last second heave from beyond half-court bounced harmless off the backboard, leaving Clemson just one game over .500 at 12-11 overall and they fall to 4-7 in ACC play and currently own a three-game losing streak. The Wolfpack improved to 17-7 overall and 6-5 in the ACC.
Freshman Jordan RoperJordan Roper
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“Obviously, that is a very painful loss,” Clemson head coach Brad BrownellBrad Brownell
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The Wolfpack got a 3-pointer from Scott Wood on the game’s first possession, but found baskets hard to come by over the next five minutes as Clemson rolled out to an 8-3 lead after McDaniels nailed a 3-pointer from the wing.
The lead reached its largest point in the first half after McDaniels slammed home an errant shot, giving Clemson a 12-point lead at 24-12 with just over six minutes remaining in the half.
At that point, the Wolfpack began to chip away at the lead, and when Tyler Lewis hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 20 seconds left in the half the Tigers held a 32-26 lead.
The Wolfpack continued to cut into the Clemson lead early in the second half, the shooting of Roper keeping N.C. State at bay. Roper had a short jumper, two 3-pointers and a floater on the baseline – all in the first five minutes of the second half – but the Wolfpack made it a one point game after C.J. Leslie thundered home a dunk with just over 12 minutes remaining that made it 44-43.
The Tigers then went through an eight-minute stretch without a field goal – McDaniels had two free throws during that time for Clemson’s only points – and N.C. State was able to take a one point lead at 45-44. However, the Wolfpack struggled to do any more damage themselves, and the teams stood almost even when timeout was called with 7:37 left on the game clock.
The Tigers came out of the timeout and McDaniels found himself open on the wing and he promptly drained a 3-pointer as Clemson retook the lead 47-45. Thirty seconds later, Rod HallRod Hall
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The Tigers maintained that four-point margin until Rod Hall missed a layup and Leslie turned it into a dunk at the other end, leaving Clemson with a 55-53 lead with 1:39 left.
Clemson was unable to get off a shot on the ensuing possession, and the Wolfpack took over with 1:02 left on the game clock trailing by just two points. Leslie then blew around Jennings on his way to the basket, but was called for a travel underneath the basket and Clemson took over with just over 40 seconds remaining still up by two.
Hall made the Wolfpack pay with a driving layup with 19.3 seconds remaining that put the Tigers back up by four ay 57-53, but Lorenzo Brown hit two free throws with 14 seconds remaining that again made it a two-point game at 57-55.
Jennings was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play, but he missed the front end of the one-and-one and N.C. State grabbed the rebound and went on to the win.
Brownell started both Roper and fellow freshman Adonis FilerAdonis Filer
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“Demarcus [Harrison] and Rod [Hall] hadn’t played very well, and I thought those two guys had outplayed them in practice,” Brownell said. “We were coming off a very disappointing performance, and I don’t think those guys merited starting for any reasons. I thought those guys played well and we had a decent rhythm, and then Milt got into foul trouble and he couldn’t get into a flow.”
The Tigers return to action Thursday night when they travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. The Tigers will then host ACC-leading Miami next Sunday at 6 p.m.
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