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CLEMSON (11-1) vs. NC STATE (10-3)

Date: Saturday, December 30

Tipoff: 4:05 p.m. ET

Arena: Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)

Radio: CTN (Don Munson-pbp; Terrence Oglesby-color)

TV: RSN (Wes Durham-pbp; Dan Bonner-color)


• Clemson is 52-101 all-time against NC State, including 32-33 overall in Clemson in program history.

• The Tigers have won the past two meetings with the Wolfpack - both coming during the 2016-17 season.

• Donte Grantham eclipsed 1,000 career points last time out, becoming the 39th player in Clemson history to achieve that feat.

• Tigers improved to 70-29 record in Nov./Dec. under Brownell.

• Elijah Thomas is one of just five players nationally to shoot at least 60 percent and average at least 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.


CU Series W-L record: Clemson is 52-101 overall against NC State
Streak: The Tigers have won two games in a row in the series.



• The Tigers received 55 votes in this week’s AP Top 25 poll (ranked 27th).  They received 45 votes in USA Today coaches poll. 

• Clemson’s RPI checks in at 20th nationally.

• Donte Grantham eclipsed 1,000 career points against Louisiana-Lafayette and became the 39th member of the 1,000-point club at Clemson.

• He is one just four players in the country to average at least 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assist per game, while shooting at least 60.0 percent.

• Brad Brownell (135 victories at Clemson) is three wins shy of tying and four shy of passing Oliver Purnell for the third most wins at Clemson.

• With a win over NC State, coach Brownell would move into sole possession of the most wins over ACC teams in Clemson history (regular season and tournament).

• Elijah Thomas is one of only five players in the country currently averaging at least 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, while shooting at least 60.0 percent.

CUTrevor 2017-12-30 15:49:59

Just left football practice! I'm headed back to the media work room to watch the rest of the game. Tigers are looking good, up 33-24 at the break! Grantham made a layup just before halftime. He and DeVoe each have 9, Reed has 5.

CUTrevor 2017-12-30 16:46:54

Well for some reason stupid ESPN has the game blacked out in New Orleans, but it looks like the Tigers will cruise to their 8th straight win and a 12-1 record! They lead State 69-51 with under 5 minutes to play! Reed once again leads with 16 points, DeVoe has 15 and Grantham 13.

CUTrevor 2017-12-30 16:59:31

TIGERS WIN 8TH STRAIGHT!!! They easily dispatch NC State by 16 points, 78-62 and improve to 12-1! Really should have been ranked this week. We'll see if they finally get some respect on Tuesday.

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CUTrevor 2017-12-31 13:18:26

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson University men’s basketball used a 13-2 run to close the first half and a stingy defense to put away NC State in the ACC home opener in front of a sellout crowd, 78-62, in Littlejohn on Saturday.

The Tigers (12-1, 1-0 ACC) were led by five different double-digit scorers and led by Marcquise Reed who scored 13 of his 18 total points in the second half. Gabe DeVoe chipped in 15 points and seven boards, while Donte Granthamneared another double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Shelton Mitchell poured in 14, while Elijah Thomas notched his fifth career double-double and third of the season with 10 points and 10 boards. Thomas also swatted a career-high six shots. 

The Tigers (12-1, 1-0 ACC) held the Wolfpack (10-4, 0-1 ACC) to without a field goal for the final 6:02 of the first half and closed with a 33-24 advantage after the first stanza.

Clemson wore down NC State in the second half and pushed its nine-point halftime advantage to a game-high 21-point lead at the 5:13 mark of the second half, 69-48.

Holding the Wolfpack to just 34.8 percent shooting on the night, NC State got 16 of its 62 total points in the final 6:27 of the contest.

NC State pressed the majority of the contest but were only able to produce nine Tiger turnovers. On the other hand, Clemson scored 24 points off of 14 Wolfpack giveaways.

The Tigers assisted on 17 of its 29 made field goals in the game and outscored the Wolfpack 42-22 in the paint.

Mark Donnal finished with eight points on 4-for-6 shooting in the contest and also grabbed four rebounds.

The Tigers will return to the court on Wednesday, Jan. 3 when it ships up to Boston for a 7 p.m. tipoff against the Golden Eagles.

Notes: Clemson improves to 12-1 on the season (best start since 2008-09) … the win also brings the Tigers’ home record against NC State to 33-33 overall … also with the win, head coach Brad Brownell earned his 136th career win at Clemson – moving him three shy of the third-most victories all-time at Clemson … the 16-point win was the largest for Clemson over NC State since 2013-14 … the win moves Clemson to 71-29 (.710) all-time in November/December under Brownell … Elijah Thomas notched his fifth career double-double and third of the season … Thomas also swatted a career-high six shot attempts … Mark Donnal tied his season-high with four made field goals.

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