RALEIGH, N.C. -- Freshman T.J. Warren scored 21 points to help North Carolina State defeat visiting Clemson 66-62 in Atlantic Coast Conference basketball Sunday night at PNC Arena.
No. 14 N.C. State, coming off a one-point loss at Maryland, received another 11 points from freshman Rodney Purvis.
Clemson had a chance for to tie the game with 10 seconds to play, but a backcourt turnover thwarted that opportunity.
The Tigers (10-7, 2-3) were denied their first three-game winning streak of the season despite a 27-point outburst from Devin Booker. Clemson, which never led in the game, had turnovers on its last two possessions.
N.C. State (15-4, 4-1) hasn't lost back-to-back games this season.
Warren, who was scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting from the field in Wednesday night's setback at Maryland, scored off a rebound to nudge N.C. State's lead to 54-51 with slightly more than four minutes left. But Rod Hall's three-point play tied the game with 3:37 to go.
N.C. State's Richard Howell scored the next three points, but Clemson's Milton Jennings bagged a 3-pointer to make it 57-57.
Then Howell converted a three-play play at the 1:56 mark, and the Wolfpack never relinquished the lead.
Scott Wood made 5 of 6 free throws in the last 28 seconds to help seal the victory.
Booker, a senior forward, had eclipsed his previous career best of 22 points with more than 14 minutes remaining. This was his first game reaching the 20-point mark this season.
Hall finished with 12 points.
The Tigers were within 46-43 with 11 minutes left before Wood canned a 3-pointer off an in-bounds play. Two dunks by Booker allowed Clemson to close to 49-47.
N.C. State received a first-half boost from Warren's 14 points in claiming a 34-26 halftime advantage. He had scored only 21 points in four previous ACC games.
N.C. State quickly broke out of the offensive doldrums from four nights earlier, grabbing a 7-0 lead in barely more than two minutes and causing Clemson to call timeout.
But despite scoring the game's first 10 points, N.C. State's lead was only 15-12 with less than nine minutes to play in the half.
Booker scored 16 of Clemson's first 20 points, and he had 18 points at the half on 9-for-12 shooting.
The rest of the Tigers combined to shoot 3-for-24 from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
NOTES: N.C. State wore black uniforms at home. Clemson was in more traditional orange road jerseys. ... N.C. State led the country in field-goal percentage for a few weeks, but the Wolfpack entered the weekend having dropped to third on the list at 51.5 percent, entering Sunday's action. ... Clemson held its past two opponents (Virginia and Wake Forest) to 44 points apiece, marking the first time in school history that it limited consecutive foes in ACC games to less than 45 points. ... N.C. State senior Howell and junior guard Lorenzo Brown both entered the game needing 16 points to reach 1,000 for their careers. ... N.C. State reserve center Jordan Vandenberg, who didn't play in victories against Georgia Tech and Duke, played in the next two games.