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January 15, 2008

No. 24 Clemson handles N.C. State

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CLEMSON, S.C. Terrence Oglesby had four 3-pointers and No. 24 Clemson beat N.C. State 70-54 on Tuesday night.

Oglesby hit three 3-pointers in double overtime to save the Tigers (14-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) last Saturday night in a 97-85 victory over Florida State. This time, the freshman's long-range touch began a run of six consecutive first-half 3s for Clemson that broke things open.

Oglesby, Cliff Hammonds and K.C. Rivers each had two baskets in the surge, which turned a three-point game into a 32-21 lead the Tigers would not give up.

Hammonds led Clemson with 14 points, while Trevor Booker had 13 and Oglesby 12.

North Carolina State (11-5, 0-2) had come off an embarrassing 93-62 loss to No. 1 North Carolina to start the ACC season last Saturday. And the Wolfpack apparently couldn't correct things quickly enough before facing Clemson.

Freshman J.J. Hickson, the Wolfpack's top scorer at better than 16 points a game, was held to four points. North Carolina State had a season-high 23 turnovers.

Courtney Fells had four 3-pointers and led the Wolfpack with 19 points.

Clemson has been known for its bruising inside game during coach Oliver Purnell's previous four seasons. But the Tigers have never had a fearless sharpshooter like Oglesby.

He's second in the ACC in long-range percentage and came into this game leading the Tigers with 42 3-pointers.

Oglesby's has made 3s so routine this season at Clemson that all the Tigers are trying them - and making them.

Oglesby had six 3-pointers - his second game with that many this season - in the win over the Seminoles last weekend.

That touch continued against the Wolfpack, especially during Clemson's game-breaking first-half run.

Oglesby's two outside shots put the Tigers ahead 20-13. Hammonds was next up with a 3 and Rivers followed with another long-range basket moments later.

Hammonds nailed another one before Rivers closed the spurt with his second 3-pointer for a 32-21 lead with 1:58 to go. North Carolina State coach Sidney Lowe, only a few feet from Rivers, spun quickly in frustration after the last long-range basket.

The Wolfpack kept themselves in it thanks to two 3-pointers from Fells over the final 2 minutes. Fells' second basket from behind the arc cut things to 32-24 at halftime.

But Clemson opened the second half with a 15-5 run, including Rivers' third 3-pointer, to make it 47-29 with 12:35 remaining.

The Littlejohn Coliseum crowd wanted more from its new favorite in Oglesby. Twice in the second half, he took a pass about 40 feet from the basket and fans began shouting for him to put it up. Oglesby just passed the ball and smiled.

The 6-foot-7 Booker added his fifth career 3-pointer. He had 32 and 29 points his previous two games.

North Carolina State starting center Ben McCauley was carried off the court with 1:31 to go. Trainers worked on his left ankle on the bench.

For more coverage of Clemson, visit TigerIllustrated.com; for more on N.C. State, visit TheWolfpacker.com.

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