NC State hangs on to snap Clemson’s 10-game winning streak
It just was not Gabe DeVoe’s night in Raleigh and subsequently it was not No. 17 Clemson’s either.
The senior missed a free throw with 0.2 seconds left in the game that would have sent the game into overtime. However, it hit off the left side of the rim as the Tigers lost for the first-time in 11 games with a 78-77 heartbreaker at NC State.
Trailing by three points with just over a second to play, NC State’s Torin Dorn bounced the inbounds pass out of bounds following a tipin by DeVoe. On the inbounds, DeVoe caught the ball in the corner and went up for the shot where Hunt fouled him behind the three-point line.
In rhythm, DeVoe calmly sank the first two free throws to pull Clemson (14-2, 3-1 ACC) within one point. However, NC State head coach Kevin Keatts called a timeout in hopes of icing DeVoe, which he did as the senior missed his fourth free shot of the night.
Though he scored 12 points, had 10 rebounds and was 4-for-9 from the field, DeVoe struggled in the second half. He shot an air-ball from behind the arc earlier in the half and the Wolfpack fans let him know about the rest of the game. An 80-percent foul shooter coming in, DeVoe badly missed two free throws later on and then at the end missed the game-tying one.
DeVoe was just 1-for-4 from three-point range.
But the loss was not all on DeVoe. Marcquise Reed, also a reliable free throw shooter, missed the front end of a one-and-one as the Tigers were trying to get back in the game and turned the ball over four times. Shelton Mitchell, who had three turnovers, panicked when the Tigers had a previous opportunity to tie the game with 28.7 seconds to play and threw the ball away, which led directly to a Omer Yurtseven layup on the other end for a 76-71 NC State lead with 25 seconds to play.
Clemson finished the game with 17 turnovers, which led to a 20-5 advantage on points off turnovers for the Wolfpack, who had just four turnovers all night. The turnovers, to go along with Yurtseven’s career-high 29 points, proved to be the difference in the game.
The Tigers trailed by 12 points, 73-61, with 1:34 to play following a Dorn layup. However, they were able to extend the game and gave themselves a chance to tie it with 0.2 seconds left.
David Skara first made 2-of-3 free throws after being fouled on a three-point attempt. He missed his last attempt, Elijah Thomas tipped the ball out to Mitchell, who buried a three and cut the lead to 73-66 with 1:19 to go.
After Allerik Freeman made just 1-of-2 free throws, Donte Grantham drained a three from the top of the key with 55 seconds to play to make the score 74-69. Freeman then missed the front end of a one-and-one attempted on the next NC State possession, and Thomas followed with a layup on the other end to cut the lead to three, 74-71, with 33 seconds to play in the game.
After Yurtseven’s basket, Skara made a layup for the Tigers with 10 seconds to play and NC State’s Beverley followed with two free throws to make the score 78-73 with nine seconds to go. DeVoe’s tipin with one second drew Clemson within three and then his two free throws following the Dorn turnover made it a one-point game, setting up the final dramatic ending.
Reed led Clemson with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while Grantham had 16 points after going 7-of-11 from the floor. The senior also had nine rebounds.
Mark Donnal added 13 points, all in the first half. He was 4-of-7 from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line.
The Tigers shot the ball well, making 53 percent of their shots overall. They were 6-of-16 from behind the arc. However, Clemson struggled at the line—15-of-22—and the 17 turnovers turned out to be too much to overcome.
Clemson made 37-of-40 free throws in the previous two games.
NC State (12-5, 2-2 ACC) shot 42 percent from the field, but was 10-of-21 from behind the three-point line. The Wolfpack was just 12-of-20 from the charity stripe.
The Tigers will host No. 18 Miami on Saturday at Littlejohn Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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