The N.C. State Wolfpack needed a win over Clemson Sunday. They had loss three straight games and were knocked out of the top-25 rankings. Clemson tried their best to make the Wolfpack’s losing streak longer, but a senior from Marion, Ind., Scott Wood, saved the day.
Clemson had a 57-53 lead with a little over 19 seconds left to go in the game. N.C. State’s Lorenzo Brown, who missed the last two games with an ankle injury, hit both foul shots and made Clemson’s lead at two. When Clemson’s Milton Jenning missed both his free throw, Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried called timeout to draw up a play.
Brown got the inbound pass and drives to the right, Wood broke free and hit the three-point shot with one second to go, winning the game at 58-57.
Wood was 3-9 in the game from behind the arc and ended the game with nine points, six rebounds and two blocks. The game winning shot was his 60th three-pointer of the year.
Senior forward Richard Howell, although he didn’t hit the game winner, was the player of the game with 16 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Brown added 15 points, as he seemed to settle in nicely coming back from his injury.
That’s a legit season-changing shot (momentum, standings, seeding) by Scott Wood right there.
— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) February 10, 2013
N.C. State’s win today keeps them from falling below .500 in conference play and gives them momentum as they play Virginia Tech and Florida State this week at home. But in order to keep moving forward, they will need big plays like Wood did today.
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