B-Nice be bad

CLEMSON - All Brad Brownell needed Tuesday night was a little momentum. Thanks to the spark plug in rec. specs and the No. 21 jersey, it was seized before halftime of the 60-50 win over NC State.

The swing started with a two-handed baseline dunk from Bryan Narcisse—the first two points in Clemson's 17-3 run over the last 6:10 of the first half.

"The two-handed dunk on the baseline, I think that was the biggest play of the game," said Demontez Stitt, who led Clemson with 17 points.

Narcisse scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds. He also recorded two steals and blocked a shot.

Not exactly a game changing stat line.

"Coach always looks for me to bring energy, obviously with Tanner [Smith] out with an injury, I've got to step up to a bigger role," he said. "I try to still supply energy the entire time I was out there, which is a little longer than usual."

Before the jam, with Clemson trailing 31-12, Brownell called a 30-second timeout.

No major changes, according to the coach.

"I didn't think our defense was terrible. They made shots, and I thought, offensively, we were better than the score was indicating," Brownell said. "We didn't make shots. We got a little tight and we just kept imploring our guys that we've got to improve defensively, that we would go on a run."

Jerai Grant, who scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked four shots, said Brownell reminded his team there was "plenty of game left."

"Just turn up the defensive pressure and we'll be fine," Grant said.

During the last 26:10, NC State scored just 19 points.

"We were just telling each other, we were all picking each other up, telling each other that we were going to come back," Grant said. "We basically help each other to be better. Basically, that's what a good team does."

It was a dual effort against All-ACC center Tracy Smith, who scored 13 points of 4-of-10 shooting.

"He seemed frustrated, pretty much the entire game…we tried to put as much pressure on him as possible. Me and Devin [Booker] took turns on him doing defensive work. I think that really bothered him," Grant said.

The win snapped Clemson's two-game losing slide and improved the Tigers to 14-6 (3-3 ACC). NC State dropped to 12-8 (3-3 ACC).

It also marked the greatest home ACC comeback win in school history. Chalk that up the first half swing in emotion.

"I don't know that you see this in the NBA," Brownell said. "In college, when you're coaching kids, and in high school when you're coaching kids, these kind of swings happen, probably even more so in college."

Trailing 34-29 at the half, NC State sophomore sharp shooter Scott Wood came out of the break with back-to-back made 3's. The Wolfpack led 40-31 just two minutes into the second half.

"We just kind of stuck to what we were doing. Just keep doing it. Don't change what we're doing, just do what we're doing better," Brownell said. "I thought we got better."

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