NCAAB Game Recap - North Carolina State at Clemson
Sat Jan 4, 2020 12:00 PM EST

Pepp
70
Gonz
75
F
Duke
95
Mia-FL
62
F
WVU
53
Kansas
60
F
Oreg
69
Utah
64
F
Tex
44
Baylor
59
F
FlaSt
78
Lou
65
F
Aub
80
MisSt
68
F
UGA
65
Mem
62
F
Vill
60
Marq
71
F
Crei
57
Butl
71
F
SDSU
77
UtSt
68
F
Ind
59
MD
75
F
Mizzu
59
KY
71
F
VaTec
39
UVA
65
F
Iowa
86
PSU
89
F
OkSt
50
TxTch
85
F
Miss
54
WichSt
74
F
AzSt
47
Ariz
75
F
LSU
78
Tenn
64
F
Wake
69
Pitt
65
F
Akr
69
E MI
45
F
NCSU
70
Clem
81
F
Wyo
61
ColSt
72
F
KansSt
61
Okla
66
F
FaDi
77
Bry
73
F
Samf
78
VMI
75
F
UMassL
86
UMBC
73
F(OT)
WCU
86
Citad
82
F
Seatt
86
ChiSt
54
F
UConn
60
SoFL
75
F
Morg
81
DelSt
68
F
Prov
66
DeP
65
F
LongI
73
MtStM
82
F(2OT)
N TX
67
Marsh
64
F
UCIrv
73
Harv
77
F
UNH
52
Hartfo
61
F
GASt
72
CoCar
74
F
MiaO
82
CenMI
93
F
Winth
87
Campbl
72
F
NIU
73
Buff
72
F
TxSt
70
ArkSt
67
F
SthAL
49
ULMo
69
F
AbCh
74
Lamar
62
F
TexAr
89
ArkLR
92
F
USC-Up
73
Longw
56
F
Presb
68
GWebb
62
F
YSU
74
Clev
82
F
TNTec
72
MorSt
83
F
StFPA
93
CenCT
69
F
ETSU
56
Furm
65
F
Cin
71
Tul
76
F
ND
88
Syr
87
F
GaSo
72
App
74
F
MTSt
53
S UT
59
F
McNee
69
CenAR
79
F
IlSt
55
SIU
67
F
RobM
69
(N/A)
58
F
Albany
74
Bingha
62
F
Lib
65
NJIT
38
F
W&M
66
NE
64
F
MidTN
62
Charl
68
F
Elon
75
Hof
102
F
UTEP
56
FlAtl
59
F
JacSt
80
E KY
71
F
JMU
69
Charl
85
F
How
66
MD-ES
78
F
FlaAM
45
NCC
61
F
NFla
81
N AL
65
F
SeLA
84
TXAMC
80
F
Stetsn
57
KennSt
54
F
HiPt
62
Radf
73
F
Chat
70
Mercer
61
F
Ohio
65
W MI
77
F
SCSt
79
Copp
75
F
TN-M
63
APSU
82
F
USD
63
SCla
80
F
Rice
61
W Ky
68
F
SoMis
50
LaTec
78
F
PorSt
69
E WA
71
F
W IL
56
SDSt
91
F
E IL
55
Belm
87
F
ArkPB
80
MsVl
76
F
(N/A)
75
CSNor
109
F
IaSt
79
TCU
81
F(OT)
GaTec
96
UNC
83
F
Bois
66
Nev
83
F
Web
64
NoAZ
72
F
IndSt
76
Drake
80
F
Alab
98
Fla
104
F(2OT)
SIU-E
74
TNSt
79
F
AlSt
67
JackSt
70
F
ChaSo
85
Hamp
92
F
Alc
70
PVAM
84
F
BethC
72
Norf
85
F
Nich
70
SamH
58
F
AlaAM
60
Gram
70
F
Lipsco
61
FlGlf
68
F
UNCG
92
Woff
98
F(2OT)
UCLA
71
WaSt
79
F(OT)
SJSU
64
Fres
79
F
Valpa
81
Evans
79
F(OT)
TexAM
59
Ark
69
F
SacHr
81
Wagn
74
F
Princ
78
Penn
64
F
UAB
52
OlDom
58
F
Tows
67
UNCW
60
F
TexSA
83
FlInt
90
F(OT)
SFA
87
NOrl
68
F
CSLA
60
LongB
76
F
SDCh
51
UCRiv
89
F
Oral
67
NebOm
74
F
Troy
62
ULLa
79
F
Brad
64
NrthIA
69
F
UtVal
63
UMKC
68
F
MOSt
58
LoyIL
62
F
SEMO
59
Murr
81
F
Mont
66
N CO
74
F
LoyMa
38
BYU
63
F
SMU
92
Vand
81
F(OT)
South
68
TXSo
77
F
GrCan
62
CSBak
69
F
NMSt
86
CBap
71
F
USF
65
Portl
76
F
StMar
99
Pacif
107
F(4OT)
AF
59
UNLV
71
F
IdaSt
49
Sac
68
F

Jan 4, 2020, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

North Carolina State (10-4)

35

35

70

Clemson (7-7)

41

40

81

Simms leads Clemson to 81-70 win over North Carolina State
Sat Jan 4, 2020 5:40 PM

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) If ever a team needed a win like this, it was Clemson.

The Tigers came in having lost six of their past seven and have struggled to close out Atlantic Coast Conference games where they led into the second half.

That changed, at least for this game, as Aamir Simms had 17 points to help Clemson hold off North Carolina State 81-70 on Saturday.

“We definitely needed this game,” Tigers guard Johnny Newman III said. “We had some ups and downs throughout our season, but I think this is a good game to really get us going.”

It's a boost the Tigers (7-7, 1-3 ACC) had been searching for much of the year.

They've struggled against Power Five opponents (going 1-6 in such games before this one) and coughed up second-half leads in conference defeats to Virginia Tech, Florida State and Miami.

It appeared it might happen again as as the Wolfpack (10-4, 1-2) cut a 14-point deficit to 53-52 on Pat Andree's three foul shots with 11:55 to play.

That's when Clemson responded with baskets by Newman and Curran Soctt to take some steam out of North Carolina State's rally.

“Every time they made a run, we made a play to kind of stop their run, which was good," said Scott, the Tulsa grad transfer.

The Wolfpack played a second straight game without leading scorer C.J. Bryce, who is in the concussion protocol.

Freshman Al-Amir Dawes had 16 points and was among five Tigers scoring in double figures. Tevin Mack and Scott had 14 points apiece and Newman added 12.

It was a welcome win for a Clemson team that had come close to success, but could not close things out.

The Tigers led Virginia Tech with six minutes left in the ACC opener two months ago before falling 67-60. On Tuesday, Clemson was up 55-45 at home before Miami rallied for a 73-68 win in overtime.

Clemson once more came out hot and built a 14-point lead on the Wolfpack when Dawes had a 3-pointer and a layup to put the Tigers up 34-20 with four minutes to go in the opening half.

But North Carolina State finished the period with a 15-7 burst to cut into the double-digit margin.

Braxton Beverly had a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws in the run and Andree's inside bucket got the Wolfpack within 41-35 at the break.

Daniels kept the pressure on for North Carolina State at the start of of the second half with a pair of foul shots and a driving basket to trim the lead to two.

And Andree's tightened things even more when his foul shots cut the lead to 53-52. But the Wolfpack went cold, going more than eight minutes with just one field goal.

Still, North Carolina State was within 71-65 on Andree's layup with 2:01 left.

Simms and Mack followed with baskets, though to rebuild Clemson's edge.

North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts said his team expended so much energy in coming back, it was hard to finish the job.

The Wolfpack got Clemson to “panic a little bit, but it worked against us,” he said.

DJ Funderburk led North Carolina State with 14 points.

THE BIG PICTURE

North Carolina State: The Wolfpack were missing the scoring punch that Bryce had provided this season. Their 70 points were their second fewest in a game this season.

Clemson: The Tigers had been beset by injuries and inconsistencies much of the season with point guard Clyde Trapp and forward Jonathan Baehre handling knee injuries and backups Chase Hunter and Khavon Moore also missing time. Holding off the Wolfpack will give a young team a positive lesson it can use going forward.

BRYCE'S RETURN

North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts said there was no chance of Bryce playing at Clemson and he wasn't sure the team's starting guard would be back for Notre Dame next week. Keatts said Bryce's absence hurts the team's backcourt depth.

MACK ATTACK

Clemson forward Tevin Mack had his first game scoring in double digits since early December. Mack, who had averaged nearly 11 points a game, had a total of 18 points in his past four games before catching fire against North Carolina State.

UP NEXT

North Carolina State returns home to play Notre Dame on Wednesday night.

Clemson seeks its first-ever win at North Carolina (the Tigers are 0-59 in Chapel Hill) on Jan. 11.

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Leaders

North Carolina State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Funderburk 14 0 0 5 1 0
D. Daniels 11 0 2 4 0 0
Clemson PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Simms 17 0 5 4 0 0
A. Dawes 16 0 1 5 2 0

Team Comparison

NCSU Clem
Points For 70 81
Field Goals 26/59-44% 23/49-47%
Three Pointers 5/21-24% 9/28-32%
Free Throws 13/19-68% 26/31-84%
Offensive Rebounds 8 6
Defensive Rebounds 22 28
Rebounds 35 39
Blocks 3 3
Steals 3 6
Turnovers 9 10
Personal Fouls 22 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Clem Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 4 NCSU 70 @ Clem 81 M. Bates 6 C. Trapp 1

Game Information

Stadium: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, South Carolina
Attendance: 6,908
Game Time: