Tigers Rout Pack, 73-56

CLEMSON, S.C. – A 10-0 run in the middle of the second half lifted Clemson to a 73-56 win over the NC State men's basketball team on Tuesday night.

T.J. Warren led the Wolfpack with 20 points, his 21st game this season with 20 or more points. Ralston Turner scored 11, all of which came in the first half.

The key run in the game hinged on an intentional foul call against NC State (16-10, 6-7). The play happened with State trailing 35-33 with 17:40 on the clock. The play resulted in four quick points for Clemson (16-9, 7-6) and two possessions later the Tigers led 43-35. The lead expanded to 56-42 after a pair of 3-pointers and a pair of foul shots by CU.

State cut the lead to seven as Warren scored seven points in 84 seconds. The run was short-lived though, as Clemson answered with a 10-0 run to lead 66-49. The run was capped by a high-flying, put-back jam by K.J. McDaniels.

Rod Hall led Clemson with 20 points. McDaniels had 12 points and six blocks. Clemson shot 18-for-22 at the foul line and scored 18 points off turnovers.

The Wolfpack trailed for much of the first half, as Clemson led 7-0 and eventually 19-10. CU's lead grew to 26-12 before the Pack got on track. A quick 7-0 run cut the lead to 26-21 at the 5:23 mark.

With 3:01 left in the first half, NC State found itself down 30-23. The Pack stormed back with a 10-2 run to close the half. The run featured 4-for-4 foul shooting and four points from BeeJay Anya. A Warren teardrop in the paint in the closing seconds gave NC State a 33-32 lead at the half, the Pack's very first lead of the game.

NC State closes its three-game road swing with a game at Virginia Tech Saturday, Feb. 22.

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