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Jan. 26, 2011
Demontez Stitt had 17 points and Clemson overcame a 19-point deficit to defeat North Carolina State 60-50 on Tuesday night.
The Tigers (14-6, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) had lost their past two league games and fell behind 31-12 in the first half. But two backbreaking runs, including a 16-0 charge after halftime, lifted Clemson to victory.
Stitt took things over down the stretch with nine points in the Tigers' go-ahead run. Jerai Grant added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Clemson.
Tracy Smith had 13 points to lead the Wolfpack, who scored just 16 points in the second half and made only one basket over the game's last 8 minutes.
NC State did most anything it wanted the first 14 minutes in building its large lead. However, the Tigers turned things around before halftime with a 17-3 charge.
The Wolfpack (12-8, 2-4) appeared to settle themselves after the break as Scott Wood connected on two 3-pointers for a 40-31 lead. N.C. State was still ahead 44-37 with 12 minutes to go when Clemson took control.
Milton Jennings began things with a 3-pointer and Stitt had two consecutive baskets to make it 48-47. After forcing a turnover, Grant had a putback on a missed shot and was fouled for the go-ahead three-point play.
Stitt added a three-point play, two foul shots and a layup, Devin Booker scored on a breakaway jam and the Tigers were up 59-48.
Brian Oliver scored 28 points, Iman Shumpert had a triple-double and Georgia Tech continued its strong home play by beating Virginia Tech 72-57 on Tuesday night.
Shumpert had 22 points with game-high totals of 12 rebounds and 11 assists. He added seven steals, another high mark for the game. Shumpert's triple-double was the first for Georgia Tech since Kenny Anderson against Pittsburgh on Dec. 28, 1989.
Malcolm Delaney, averaging 18.9 points, scored only eight points. Victor Davila had 13.
The Hokies relied on the inside play of Allen and Davila while going without a 3 for the first 31 minutes.
Finally, with 8:27 remaining, Terrell Bell gave Virginia Tech its first 3 with a shot that tied the game at 52. It was the Hokies' only 3-pointer of the night. Virginia Tech finished 1 for 11 on 3s.
Oliver answered quickly with a 3 for Georgia Tech. Oliver had four 3s, including three in the final 10 minutes when the Yellow Jackets took the lead.
With Georgia Tech leading 57-55, Shumpert's steal and basket pushed the advantage to four points. Oliver followed with another 3 for a 62-55 lead with 3:43 remaining.