It didn't matter.
Scott Wood buried a 3-pointer from the corner in from of the N.C. State bench with one second left on the clock as the Wolfpack came back to beat Clemson, 58-57.
"Running a play for Scott Wood to make a 3 is like running a play for somebody to try to get a lay-up sometimes," Mark Gottfried said. "It's about the same percentage. He's that good.
"I was completely comfortable that we were going to go to him and go for the jugular, and he made it."
Through most of the game, Wood wasn't his usual spectacular self from behind the 3-point line. Of his first eight attempts from long-range, he made only two of them.
He wasn't so sure that No. 9 would find its way through the bucket.
"It kind of slipped a little bit, but once I saw it was on line, I knew it was pretty good, and had a good chance," Wood said.
Like any 3-point assassin, Wood approached the shot with a simple mindset.
"One of the things they always say for shooters is you can't remember your last shot," he said. "You've just got to block it out and know that coach and your teammates have faith in you to knock down the next one.
"When your name gets called, you've just got to step up and have confidence."
Let it play out…
Gottfried tipped his cap to Lorenzo Brown, who assisted Wood on the game-winning shot.
"I thought, even on the last play, I thought it was really important that he penetrated, he drew the defense, he had great poise and then flipped it to Scott at the exact right time," Gottfried said.
He added, "That comes from experience, sometimes. He didn't get in a hurry, panic and turn it into a bad play. [He] just let it develop with a great awareness of how much time was on the clock."
More Tyler Lewis…
Making his second consecutive start, Tyler Lewis scored six points in 27 minutes against the Tigers. Moving forward, it appears that he'll continue to have a part in the rotation.
"I think Tyler has earned the right with his play, to play more," Gottfried said.
The freshman from Statesville hit a pair of first half 3-pointers and grabbed a pair of rebounds.
"He takes pressure off of Lorenzo to handle the ball. He's playing really well," Gottfried said.
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