Maryland did Clemson no favor by knocking off 14th-ranked Wolfpack

N.C. State's Mark Gottfried: 'Offensively, we were pretty bad...It was one of those nights; We haven't had a lot of them this year'

North Carolina State guard Rodney Purvis (0) collides with Maryland forward Dez Wells as he goes up for a shot in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

North Carolina State guard Rodney Purvis (0) collides with Maryland forward Dez Wells as he goes up for a shot in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Nice timing Terps.

By ambushing 14th-ranked N.C. State Wednesday night at College Park, Maryland made Clemson's Sunday evening task all the more difficult.

Clemson takes its 2-2 ACC record to Raleigh to face the Wolfpack, who stumbled against the Terps just a game after knocking off top-ranked, previously unbeaten Duke.

Maryland center Alex Len scored on a put-back of a missed shot by teammate Pe'Shon Howard with 0.9 seconds left, rescuing the Terps from a Wolfpack comback, 51-50. Maryland had led for much of the game.

The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for N.C. State, which shot just 31 percent from the field.

"Offensively, we were pretty bad," said Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried. "We bobbled balls, we had shots around the rim we couldn't make. The one play late in the second half, Richard (Howell) had at it under the rim and just lost it out of bounds. It was one of those nights; you're going to have those. We haven't had a lot of them this year...

"There are going to be teams that will finish near, or at the top of, this league that are going to lose some road games. We're going to move on from it. I loved our effort and we're going to pick ourselves up and play on (Sunday)."

N.C. State's shooting woes against Maryland were uncharacteristic. Clemson coach Brad Brownell said after his team's victory over Wake Forest on Tuesday that State's scoring balance and ability to make shots from any position on the floor makes the Wolfpack especially difficult to defend.

"The thing they can do is score," said Brownell. "They have five guys on the floor who can make baskets, and you just don't see in very many lineups. There's usually at least one guy who's not a great shooter.

"They've got Lorenzo Brown at the point, who can score any way, and Scott Wood may be the best shooter in the league, and can score on the move, coming off screens. C.J. Leslie is the preseason ACC player of the year, and he's one of the great inside-outside four-men, and is really quick and athletic. And the list goes on and on.

"That's our next test. We need to back out on the road and try to play better. We're getting some tough ones in the league right at the start on the road, and hopefully we'll learn from these experiences, harden a little bit, and get a little more grit and determination to go play the next one."

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