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Hunter Tyson’s career day leads Clemson over NC State

Clemson forward Hunter Tyson (5) shoots against Benedict College during the first half at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, SC Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

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Hunter Tyson recorded career highs of 31 points and 15 rebounds to fuel host Clemson to a 78-64 victory over North Carolina State on Friday in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

Tyson made 9 of 13 shots from the floor — including 4 of 5 from 3-point range — and all nine of his attempts from the free-throw line.

Tyson’s point total eclipsed his previous high of 24, set during the Tigers’ 101-94 double-overtime victory over Penn State on Nov. 29. The North Carolina native’s double-double was his sixth of the season and second in as many games.

Chase Hunter scored 12 points and Ben Middlebrooks added a career-high 10 for Clemson (11-3, 3-0 ACC), which has won three in a row and seven of its last eight games. The Tigers also won their first three conference games for the first time since 2017-18.

Wolfpack leading scorer Terquavion Smith scored 21 points despite making just 5 of 21 shots from the floor — including 3 of 13 from 3-point range. Casey Morsell had 13 points and Jack Clark collected seven points and 11 rebounds for NC State (11-4, 1-3), which saw its three-game winning streak come to a halt.

Morsell sank a 3-pointer to trim Clemson’s lead to 66-61 with 2:48 remaining in the second half. The Tigers answered with a 12-0 run as they made their final eight free-throw attempts, Dillon Hunter added an acrobatic layup and Chase Hunter sealed the win with an emphatic dunk.

Tyson converted a three-point play to stake Clemson to a 32-24 lead early in the second half. He also made a pair of free throws following a technical foul on NC State coach Kevin Keatts before draining a 3-pointer to push the advantage to 13 points.

Clark sandwiched a 3-pointer and three-point play around Ebenezer Dowuona’s emphatic dunk as the Wolfpack closed to within five. Tyson regained the momentum for the Tigers by making a fadeaway jumper, a layup, a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to push their lead to 55-42 with 9:28 to play.

–Field Level Media