Miami stays perfect in ACC play with 79-78 win over NC State
Posted February 2, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — FINAL: Miami 79, NC State 78
Miami went on a late run and battled in the final minutes to defeat NC State at PNC Arena Saturday, 79-78, and remain undefeated in ACC play. Miami improves to 17-3, 8-0 while NC State falls to 16-6, 5-4.
3:27 2nd: NC State 71, Miami 69
After giving up a big run, NC State has rattled off seven in a row with five from Rodney Purvis and the Pack have regained the lead on Miami at the final media timeout.
Each team has four players in double digits.
The 71 points are th most Miami has given up since allowing 79 in their season opener 18 games ago.
7:09 2nd: Miami 67, NC State 62
NC State's six-point lead that they had maintained for about 15 minutes of gameplay has quickly vanished as Miami is on a 15-2 run and now leads by five at the under-8 timeout.
Miami has only given up 65 points or more once in their last 18 games (69-50 loss v. Arizona). NC State has seven minutes to get there.
11:48 2nd: NC State 58, Miami 52
Tyler Lewis has found his offense while running the point as he is up to 12 points and three assists and NC State continues to lead Miami midway through the second half.
Leslie is a rebound shy of the double double with 12 and nine.
NC State's nine turnovers are helping Miami stay close.
15:59 2nd: NC State 48, Miami 42
While the scoreboard margin remains at six, NC State has found momentum, is establishing the pace of play and has their fans behind them at the first media break of the second half.
Tyler Lewis has stepped up in his role as the point guard, Rodney Purvis has found his space, Richard Howell has 13 and six and Calvin Leslie has chipped in with 12 and seven.
HALF: NC State 40, Miami 34
Rodney Purvis threw down a highlight-reel dunk, Calvin Leslie continues to dominate and the Wolfpack take a six-point lead into the break at home against the Hurricanes.
Leslie is looking at a double-double off the bench as he did not start but has 10 points and seven rebounds at the break. Howell has nine and five.
For Miami, an early lead was thwarted by turnovers and fouls and they have just two bench points.
3:22 1st: NC State 32, Miami 28
Leslie continues to be an impact player off the bench chipping in eight points with six rebounds and a steal as the Pack have stormed back to take a four-point lead late in the first half.
Miami has also committed seven fouls and turned the ball over six times to disrupt the rhythm they had established early on.
7:49 1st: NC State 25, Miami 25
CJ Leslie, coming off the bench for the second consecutive game, has four points at crucial times to help NC State to a 25-24 lead at the under-8 timeout.
Leslie has also made his presence felt with a team-high four rebounds.
9:59 1st: Miami 22, NC State 19
Richard Howell has 9 of the first 19 points for NC State but six Miami players have scored and the Canes lead NC State at the midway point of the 1st half, 22-19.
Durand Scott leads Miami scorers with eight points but Shane Larkin is filling the stat sheet with four points and three steals.
15:48 1st: Miami 11, NC State 7
Miami has opened up the game with a tenacious defense and leads NC State by four points at the first media timeout.
Miami has also parlayed their defense to a 5-for-8 start shooting from the floor.
20:00 1st: NC State vs. Miami
Lorenzo Brown will not play for NC State Saturday, paving the way for Rodney Purvis to start at point guard. Tyler Lewis is also expected to get minutes at point.
Miami, meanwhile, is the only ACC team to have never won at the current PNC Arena.
A top-25 showdown is on tap at PNC Arena on Saturday afternoon, as the 19th-ranked NC State Wolfpack play host to the 14th-ranked Miami Hurricanes in a key Atlantic Coast Conference showdown.
Jim Larranaga's Hurricanes are one of the real surprises not only in the ACC, but on the national level, as they are sporting a stellar 16-3 overall record. Things have only gotten better in ACC play, with Miami sitting atop the conference standings with a flawless 7-0 mark. Miami is the first ACC school with the exception of Duke and North Carolina to start the league slate out 7-0. Miami is 9-0 at home, but has taken care of business on the road as well at 7-1, including a 73-64 victory at Virginia Tech last time out.
Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack were considered by many to be the best team in the conference coming into the season. The Wolfpack have certainly shown flashes of that, with a 16-5 overall record. League play has been a little more testing, with NC State coming in at 5-3. All three of the team's league losses have come on the road, including a 58-55 setback at Virginia this week. The Wolfpack however, are a perfect 12-0 in Raleigh.
NC State holds a 9-4 edge in the all-time series with Miami and has won all six matchups in Raleigh.
The Hurricanes struggled to contain the nation's leading scorer, as Virginia Tech's Erick Green erupted for 30 points, but Miami held the rest of the Hokies in check and earned yet another road win in Blacksburg. Shane Larkin almost matched Green's output with a team-high 25 points for Miami, while Kenny Kadji and Trey McKinney Jones finished with 18 and 12 points, respectively.
It isn't explosive scoring that fuels the Miami attack, but rather stingy defense. The Hurricanes are among the nation's best in terms of scoring defense (58.4 ppg) and field-goal percentage defense (.371). Despite modest offensive numbers overall, there is balance at that end of the floor, with four of the five starters averaging double figures. Durand Scott leads the team with 13.8 ppg. He is followed by Kadji (13.3 ppg), Larkin (12.9 ppg), and McKinney Jones (10.2 ppg). The team was without the services of center Reggie Johnson for a while due to injury, but his return to the floor can only bolster Miami's play, as 6-foot-10 senior is averaging a near double-double (9.9 ppg, 9.2 rpg).
The Miami defense will be put to the test in Raleigh, as NC State boasts of one of the nation's most explosive attacks. The Wolfpack are averaging 78.6 ppg on an impressive .503 shooting, including .400 from 3-point range. The scoring pool is deep, with five players averaging double figures, led by C.J. Leslie's 15.6 ppg. Leslie's play in the frontcourt is bolstered by Richard Howell (12.7 ppg, 11.0 rpg), T.J. Warren (12.1 ppg) and Scott Wood (11.6 ppg, 54 3-pointers). All-American candidate Lorenzo Brown (12.7 ppg, 6.9 apg) handles the point and is joined in the backcourt by solid freshman Rodney Purvis (9.6 ppg).
As offensively talented as NC State is, the Wolfpack, like many other teams, struggled to find their rhythm against the Cavaliers last time out. NC State blew a seven-point halftime lead by shooting just .348 from the floor in the second half, while allowing Virginia to score 14 points off 14 turnovers. The loss spoiled strong outings by both Leslie and Howell, who notched double- doubles. Leslie finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Howell checked in with 12 points and 11 boards.
Running the table in the ACC is next to impossible and with this being the second straight road game for Miami, NC State has a real opportunity to tighten up the race heading down the stretch.