K.C. Rivers scored five of his 17 points during the game-deciding run, and Clemson held North Carolina State scoreless during the final 2 1/2 minutes of its 71-64 victory Saturday.
Terrence Oglesby and Trevor Booker both scored 11 points and Rivers added 10 rebounds for the Tigers (19-6, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew a 13-point lead, then closed the game with a 12-2 run that erased the Wolfpack's only lead of the second half.
Courtney Fells gave N.C. State a 62-59 lead with a 3-pointer from the key with 3:28 left, but that would be the final basket of the game for the Wolfpack (15-10, 4-7). They didn't score after Gavin Grant's two free throws with 2:35 left made it 64-62.
K.C. Rivers #1 of the Clemson Tigers calls out a defense during the second half. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)