GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Clemson 74, North Carolina State 70

CLEMSON, S.C. - Aamir Simms hit a go-ahead basket for a second straight game as No. 19 Clemson rallied from nine-points down in the second half to beat North Carolina State 74-70 in overtime.

Nick Honor had 21 points and tied things at 62 with 38 seconds left in regulation to set up the extra period.

North Carolina State (6-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) took its last lead on DJ Funderburk's 3-pointer with 3:12 to go in OT. That's when Simms got the ball down low for a basket to put Clemson (9-1, 3-1) ahead for good.

Simms, just 3-of-11 shooting for eight points in the game, added another bucket before Honor sliced through the lane for a layup that gave the Tigers a 72-68 lead.

Devon Daniels drew the Wolfpack within two points with a pair of free throws. But Clemson put things away on freshman PJ Hall's inside shot that bounced off the rim before falling through with 10.8 seconds left.

Simms hit the winner last Saturday with 19 seconds to go in Clemson's 66-65 win at Miami last Saturday that returned the Tigers to the national rankings.

Honor, a high-scoring Fordham transfer, had a season's best in points.

Funderburk finished with 20 points while Daniels had 18 points and 10 rebounds for North Carolina State, which was looking to upset its second ranked team in three games after toppling then-17th-ranked North Carolina 79-76 on Dec. 22.

North Carolina State had little difficulty penetrating Clemson's normally strong defense - the Tigers lead the ACC with only 56.2 points allowed per game this season - and shot 56% in the opening half including six 3-pointers.

The Wolfpack, which hasn't scored fewer than 69 points in any of its games this season, used its accurate shooting to break away whenever Clemson tightened things up.

After Clyde Trapp hit a 3 to tie it at 20-all, Shakeel Moore and Devon Daniels answered with back-to-back 3-pointers.

Trapp scored four points in Clemson's 6-0 run to cut North Carolina State's lead to 34-32, but Funderburk had a three-point play and a dunk in the final minute as the Wolfpack went into the break ahead 39-32 before Clemson's second half rally. Associated Press


January 5, 2021