Credit where it's due

CLEMSON - For those looking to credit someone for Rod Hall's career-best shooting performance against N.C. State, search no further than the Clemson bench.

Hall offered a tip of the cap to assistant coach Earl Grant after pacing the Tigers with 20 points in their 73-56 win over the Wolfpack.

"That's all coach Grant and I were talking about, just me being more aggressive, taking more chances with the ball," Hall said, "So I just did it, took what the defense gave me and made plays."

Heading into Tuesday's game, Hall was third on the team in field goal attempts [154], despite leading the team in minutes [771] and minutes per game [32.1].

"He just told me my [shooting] percentage was real good, so I need to take more chances, take more shots, so I just did," Hall said.

Hall hit 6-of-10 shots from the field in 32 minutes against N.C. State. It was the 13th time this season that the junior point guard from Augusta, Ga. scored in double figures.

He also made all eight of his free-throw attempts.

"We thought he could get in the paint against their smaller guards and have a chance to do some things," Brad Brownell said. "He should be able to do that against certain teams, and this is a game he could do that."

Hall's early success rubbed off on his teammates.

After building their lead up to 11 points in the first half, the Wolfpack managed to take a one-point lead into the half, but that was quickly erased. The Tigers went on a 7-0 run to start the second period and never really looked back.

"I just try to get everybody going. They feed off of each other. I just took what the defense gave me and made plays," Hall said. "Everybody else followed."

That job is usually reserved for the team's leading scorer, K.J. McDaniels, who was third among Clemson scorers on Tuesday night with 12 points. Damarcus Harrison had 14.

"It was a great feeling to see Rod, D-Marc, everybody pretty much come in and do great things for us," McDaniels said.

Hall is now shooting 45 percent from the field [73-of-164] and 33 percent from behind the 3-pointline [14-of-43], which are second and third-best on the team, respectively. His 76 percent clip from the free-throw line is fifth-best. Top Stories