The unranked Clemson Tigers were just seconds away from a major road upset over No. 19 N.C. State in Raleigh Saturday afternoon, but the Wolfpack pulled off an unbelievable comeback to win.
Down 67-61 after a Clemson free throw with 26 seconds remaining, N.C. State’s Markell Johnson quickly converted an and-1 opportunity to close the gap with 19 seconds left. N.C. State then fouled to send Clemson’s Marcquise Reed – an 84 percent free-throw shooter – to the line, and Reed missed both.
Clemson made a curious decision to foul and prevent a game-tying three with nine seconds left in the game, and N.C. State’s Braxton Beverly made both shots to trim the Wolfpack’s deficit to one. Reed was immediately fouled, and missed both free throws again to give N.C. State a chance.
Since the Tigers fouled Beverly with so much time left, the Wolfpack were able to snag the rebound, run up court and find a quality look. Beverly launched a shot from well beyond the arc and buried it at the buzzer.
NC State ended the game with an 8-0 run in the final 19 seconds.