Feb. 17, 2014
The Last Meeting
February 10, 2013
Wood's 3-pointer gives NC State 58-57 win over Clemson
Scott Wood hit a 3-pointer with one second to go to lift North Carolina State to a 58-57 win over Clemson on Sunday. Wood's bucket helped the Wolfpack (17-7, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) end a three-game ACC losing streak. N.C. State's Lorenzo Brown, returning after missing two games with an injured ankle, drove to the hoop before passing to Wood on the winning basket. Brown scored 15 points in a game the preseason pick to win the ACC needed to keep from slipping below .500 in the league.
After falling 56-55 on the road against the nation's top-ranked team, NC State travels to Clemson for a Tuesday night contest on ESPNU at 7 p.m.
NC State (16-9, 6-6) led for most of the game and had the ball late at unbeaten Syracuse before a series of scenarios helped the Orange escape with a win and improve to 25-0. The game came after a whirlwind day of travel that didn't see NC State land in upstate New York until just a few hours before the game.
While NC State has won five of its last seven games, Clemson is reeling after losing three in a row. NCSU leads the all-time series 98-48 and has won the last two meetings.
Following the game at Clemson, NC State concludes its three-game road swing at Virginia Tech Saturday, Feb. 22. The Pack's next home game is against North Carolina Wednesday, Feb. 26.
The Starting 5 - The Top 5 Storylines For This Game
1. BOUNCEBACK PACK
Head coach Mark Gottfried continually talks about his young team's spirit and resiliency. NC State is 6-2 in games this season immediately after a loss. In ACC play, the Wolfpack has bounced back for three wins immediately after a loss. NC State followed a loss to Pitt with a win at Notre Dame. After falling at Duke, NC State defeated Maryland. After a loss at UNC, the Pack went on the road and won at Miami.
2. THE TOP SCORER IN THE TOP CONFERENCES
T.J. Warren is the ACC's leading scorer at 23.1 points per game and is the top scorer among all players in the Power 5 conferences. He leads the ACC in both 20-point games (20) and 30-point outings (5). Warren poured in a career-best 34 points against Wake Forest a week ago and added 23 points at Syracuse on Saturday. That came after his 27-point outing at Miami. The 6-8 sophomore is the only player in the ACC with multiple 30-point performances. Warren ranks first in the ACC with a .520 field goal percentage (minimum 5 FG made per game). Warren has reached double figures in 26 of his last 28 games and is also among the ACC's leaders in rebounds (8th), offensive rebounds (1st), minutes played (8th) and steals (6th).
3. TURN IT UP IN ACC PLAY
Ralston Turner, who started for two seasons for LSU before transferring to NC State, has stepped up and become a reliable second scorer for NC State. In the season's first 13 games, Turner averaged 8.8 points per game and shot .436 from the floor. In 12 ACC games, Turner has increased his scoring to 12.1 points per contest on .421 shooting. He scored his NC State-high 23 points in the Pack's win over Maryland.
4. WOOD'S SHOT vs. CLEMSON LAST YEAR
Scott Wood buried a 3-pointer from the right side with 1.0 seconds left to give NC State a 58-57 win at Clemson last season. The Tigers led 57-55 with 7.5 seconds when Lorenzo Brown drove the lane and fired a pass to Wood. The all-time leading 3-point shooter in NC State history buried the shot to clinch a season sweep over Clemson last season. Richard Howell had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead NC State in the contest. NC State also earned a 66-62 home win over Clemson behind 21 points from T.J. Warren.
5. MAKE OR BREAK STRETCH
With an RPI of 51 and claiming four wins over teams in the RPI's top 100, NC State has an opportunity to polish its postseason resume in the coming weeks. After beating Miami and Wake Forest and playing at No. 1 Syracuse, NC State has two more upcoming road games. NC State has three remaining contests against teams currently in the RPI's top 75 (at Clemson, at Pitt, vs. North Carolina). NCSU is sixth among ACC teams in RPI.