N.C. State Pounds Clemson

Behind some hot 3-point shooting and a suffocating defense, North Carolina State stomped Clemson to the tune of 83-54. With the loss, the Tigers drop to 3-10 in ACC play and 12-14 overall. Hopes of a postseason bid are fading fast.

Both teams started the game off shooting horribly, but N.C. State would catch fire midway through the first half to take a commanding 15 point lead.

The Tigers scored 118 points in a double-overtime victory against Wake Forest this past Wednesday night, but were held to 10 in the opening 15 minutes of Saturday's contest. Clemson would make only 4-of-19 shots during that span, and by then, N.C. State had established a 15 point lead.

After a 6-0 run with just over 5 minutes remaining in the first half, Anthony Grundy and Archie Miller would take turns nailing several back breaking 3-pointers, and the Tigers once again found themselves trailing the Wolfpack 35-20 at halftime.

The second half saw the Tigers open with a noticeable improvement in team defense and energy, but it still wasn't enough to over take the #24 team in the nation. Clemson would never get closer than 9 points.

Statistically speaking, the game was even in most categories- except for three point shooting. North Carolina state nailed 14-fo-31 three point attempts, while the Tigers made only 1-of-12.

Chris Hobbs scored a team high 13 points, while N.C. State was led by hot shooting guard Anthony Grundy with 23. Clemson's next game will be this Wednesday night against the Maryland Terrapins.

The loss virtually assures the Tigers of a finish in the lower division of the ACC, and an extremely tough road to break .500 overall.

Box Score NC State Clemson
POINTS 83 54
FIELD GOALS 25 - 57 (43.9%) 20 - 52 (38.5%)
3-POINT FGs 14 - 31 (45.2%) 1 - 12 (8.3%)
FREE THROWS 19 - 21 (90.5%) 13 - 22 (59.1%)
REBOUNDS (Off-Def) 40 (13 - 27) 30 (9 - 21)

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