Freshman Terrence Oglesby scored 17 points and hit two key free throws Thursday night as Clemson beat Mississippi State.
Clemson (2-0) went to the foul line 38 times as the Tigers snapped Mississippi State's eight-game home winning streak.
The teams were tied 71-71 late before Clemson hit three free throws, including two by Oglesby, to gain separation from Mississippi State (1-1).
K.C. Rivers had 17 points for the Tigers, along with seven rebounds. James Mays scored 14 and Cliff Hammonds added 13.
Mississippi State's Jamont Gordon had 23 points and 12 rebounds and Charles Rhodes had 17 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Barry Stewart added 12 points and Brian Johnson scored 10.