Wolfpack On Fire In Win Over Clemson

Engin Atsur scored 21 points and NC State shot 63% from the field to defeat Clemson 80-70 in Littlejohn Coliseum.

In what was a much-needed victory, it was NC State's hot-shooting that led to the Wolfpack's 80-70 win over Clemson.

The Pack hit 13-of-20 3-pointers for the game, leading to an astounding 62.8% shooting from the field. The 65 percent shooting from beyond the arc is the best percentage an opposing team has shot from 3-point range ever at Clemson.

The formula for NC State's success was simple... make the open shot. Clemson often left the Wolfpack open for scoring opportunities and all game NC State capitalized with the majority of conversions coming from long-range.

Atsur led the way, drilling five 3's while Toney Bethel and Ilian Evtimov added four.

Both teams shot the ball well in the first half, with the Wolfpack connecting on 64% from the field and the Tigers shooting at a 48% clip. NC State entered the half up 42-41.

After Clemson grabbed a 46-42 lead to start the second half, the Wolfpack went on a 23-4 run to take a 65-50 lead with 8:02 left to play.

Clemson took a timeout and the Tigers would mount one final comeback. Clemons trimmed NC State's lead to 65-59 with 6:21 left, but Olu Babalola fouled Wolfpack guard Julius Hodge to send him to the line.

Hodge made his first attempt before missing his second, but Clemson guard Shawan Robinson mishandled the rebound out of bounds. The Wolfpack regained possession and Atsur again stepped up, drilling a deep 3-pointer to put NC State back ahead by double-figures, 69-59. Atsur's shot was the final nail in the coffin, as Clemson could never recover.

The sophomore guard from Istanbul, Turkey paced the Wolfpack with 21 points while Hodge added 20 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Bethel and Evtimov chipped in 14 and 12 points respectively.

Clemson senior Sharrod Ford led the Tigers with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Cliff Hammonds and Sharrod Ford added 17 and 15 points each.

NC State improves to 13-7, 3-4 ACC Clemson now falls to 10-10 overall and 1-7 in the ACC.

NC State's next test will come in Chapel Hill against North Carolina, and Clemson plays Maryland at home Tuesday night.


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