Providing a Nice spark

CLEMSON - Bryan Narcisse hasn't exactly been a go-to scoring option during his Clemson career.

But when the going got tough against Wake Forest on Saturday, it was Narcisse who helped the Tigers shoot their way out of a 1-of-15 start from the field by scoring six of their first 11 points.

"Bryan Narcisse, he just brings a lot of energy. That is one energetic guy," said Devin Booker, who scored 16 points in the win over the Demon Deacons. "He plays hard on offense and defense, even if shots don't fall for him on offense. He will get after it on defense.

"He brings a spark to this team."

That's why Narcisse took exception when Brad Brownell used an early time-out to challenge his team to play pick up their play.

"It was kind of a shot. I kind of took it a little personal, but I know he was talking to the whole team," Narcisse said. "But I know he looks to me to bring energy. It's just something I try to bring, energy, to fuel everybody else."

Brownell, who expressed concern to his coaching staff about the team's focus before the noon tip-off, said during the time-out, "Wake up. You're not playing with energy."

That's why Brownell has inserted him into the starting lineup in the last two games.

"I know one of the reasons he would start me is to bring energy right off the bat. I almost felt like I wasn't doing my job, but I know he was talking to the whole team," Narcisse said. "At that point I was like, guys, we've got to get it going."

Narcisse finished with 11 points, four rebounds, two steals a block and an assist in Clemson's 71-60 win over Wake Forest.

"He's a high-energy kid. When he's active like that, it really helps take some pressure off of other guys," Brownell said. "He has had maybe a little bit of an up-and-down season. But he hit a big three late for us.

"He defended well against [Travis] McKie for the most part when he was on him. His length helps us in terms of activity defensively and also with some rebounding."

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