CLEMSON, SC -- It's hard to figure exactly how Clemson put it all together and
whipped No. 21 N.C. State, 59-42, in front of 8,000 in Littlejohn Coliseum
With 12:47 left, Clemson had gone through a nearly nine-minute scoring
drought and its leading scorer Will Solomon had just three points. Still,
Clemson led by 12 and went on to clear the bench in the final seconds.
"Being on the other side of the stat sheet, I can sympathize with N.C.
State, but I do think our guys deserved this and played an important role,"
said Clemson coach Larry Shyatt.
Clemson (7-12 overall, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) won for the first time
in nearly a month and beat a conference team, something the Tigers weren't
expected to do this season.
N.C. State pulled within four (42-38) with 7:32 after a flurry of 3-pointers
by Archie Miller. The Wolfpack, however, didn't hit score again until a
mop-up basket by Anthony Grundy with just over ten seconds left in the game.
The Wolfpack missed six three pointers and turned the ball over five times
in the final seven minutes.
"We did not execute," said N.C. State coach Herb Sendek, who saw his team
fall to 13-4 and 4-3. "We did some things we ordinarily would not do."
The Wolfpack shot just 30 percent from the floor and grabbed just two
offensive rebounds in the first half.
While Clemson went scoreless for eight and a half minutes in the first half,
they managed just four points.
"We did not execute in any phase of the game," said Sendek, who had to get
his team to Clemson despite the 20 inches of snow in Raleigh that postponed
the game a day. Sendek didn't blame the bus ride or the delay on N.C.
State's slow start.
"It had absolutely nothing to do with it," he said. "You have to take your
hat off to Clemson for their effort."
Clemson played for the first time since the beginning of the season with
nearly everyone dressed out. Only Ray Henderson sat on the bench in street
Point guard Ed Scott, playing for the first time in two weeks, scored ten
and had five assists. Solomon ended up with 15 points to lead the team, but
this time it wasn't a one-man show for the Tigers.
Center Adam Allenspach added 12 and forward Adrius Jurkunas had 10. Chuck
Gilmore led Clemson with ten rebounds.
"Without taking any credit away from any of the other guys, we are a much
better ball handling team with Ed Scott on the floor," said Shyatt. "Without
any of our players tonight, we might have fallen short."
Clemson travels to No. 3 Duke for a game Saturday. Scott doesn't think the
Tigers have peaked.
"To be honest, I think we can play better than this," he said. "Will was in
foul trouble and this team is a great team. It's just a matter of getting
Go figure. No one, except Shyatt and his team, saw this one coming.
N.C. STATE (13-4)
Wilkins 0-4 2-4 2, Thornton 1-2 0-0 2, Inge 1-4 0-0 2, Grundy 4-10 0-1 9,
Gainey 0-4 0-0 0, Miller 5-9 0-0 15, Crawford 0-2 0-0 0, M.Williams 2-5 0-3 5,
C.Williams 0-0 0-0 0, R.Kelly 2-10 3-6 7. Totals 15-50 5-14 42.
Jurkunas 4-8 0-0 10, Gilmore 3-6 0-1 6, Allenspach 6-13 0-0 12, Solomon 5-12
4-9 15, Bains 0-1 2-2 2, Holt 0-0 0-0 0, Scott 3-7 3-4 10, Braddick 2-5 0-0 4,
Powell 0-0 0-0 0, Nagys 0-2 0-0 0, Shyatt 0-0 0-0 0, Crocker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals
23-54 9-16 59.
Halftime- Clemson 23, N.C. State 17. 3-Point goals- N.C. State 7-24 (Miller
5-9, M.Williams 1-4, Grundy 1-6, Thornton 0-1, Gainey 0-1, Wilkins 0-3),
Clemson 4-13 (Jurkunas 2-5, Scott 1-3, Solomon 1-4, Bains 0-1). Fouled
out- Gilmore. Rebounds- N.C. State 36 (Grundy 8), Clemson 40 (Gilmore 10).
Assists- N.C. State 5 (Thornton 2), Clemson 15 (Scott 5). Total fouls- N.C. State
20, Clemson 18. Technicals- Inge, Braddick. A- 8,000.