NC State rallies, knocks off Clemson, 59-58, at ACC Tournament

bear creek 2019 ACC Tournament#8 seed NC State rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit, holding #9 seed Clemson to 16 points in the second half, in a 59-58 win in the second round of the 2019 ACC Tournament on Wednesday.

The Pack (22-10) advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals to play top seed Virginia (28-2) with a 12:30 p.m. tip.

Clemson (19-13) used a 14-2 run to open a 22-8 first-half lead, and led by as many as 18 in the opening 20 minutes, before going into the locker room up 42-26.

Then, the Wolfpack got stingy on the defensive end, holding the Tigers to 6-of-31 shooting in the second half.

State would finally take the lead, at 54-53, on the first of back-to-back Markell Johnson threes, with 5:38 to go.

A five-point play for Clemson – a three by Marcquise Reed, a foul away from the ball as the shot was in the air on NC State, and an ensuing stickback layup by Elijah Thomas – put the Tigers back up, 58-57, with 3:44 left.

That would be all the scoring until the final seconds. Johnson drove into the lane, drew contact from Clemson defender Clyde Trapp on a layup attempt, and was given the whistle and two free throws with 2.6 seconds left.

Johnson made both shots to put State back on top. Clemson wasn’t able to get a shot at the rim at the buzzer.

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