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.