Blog: Hot-shooting Miami downs NC State, 85-70
Posted March 1
Raleigh, N.C. — FINAL: Miami 85, NC State 70: Miami had five players in double figures and shot 58.7 percent from the floor Saturday as they beat NC State at PNC Arena, 85-70. TJ Warren led all scorers in the game with 20 points in the losing effort.
The 85 points are a new season-high for Miami.
3:45 2nd: Miami 73, NC State 65: Despite TJ Warren's recent outburst that has him up to 18 points, Miami has regained a comfortable eight-point lead at the final media break.
7:53 2nd: Miami 64, NC State 60: The crowd has come alive at PNC Arena as TJ Warren has turned defense into offense a couple times and a couple close calls have gone against the, Miami still leads 64-60.
11:57 2nd: Miami 57, NC State 49: Miami is playing big on the offensive glass with nine rebounds on that end that have led to 14 second chance points and the Canes leas is now eight.
Desmond Lee became the first Pack player in double figures with just 12:30 remaining in the game.
15:49 2nd: Miami 48, NC State 41: Miami's hot shooting continues in the second half as their lead has grown to seven points at the first media break.
Also, foul trouble is starting to add up for the Pack as Vandenberg has three fouls, Turner and Lewis each have two.
HALF: Miami 37, NC State 36: Davon Reed hit a wide open three in the final seconds of the first half to give Miami the one-point advantage at half, 37-36.
At the break, Miami's Rion Brown leads all scorers with 10 points. Ralston Turner has nine to lead the Wolfpack while Kyle Washington has eight and TJ Warren is up to seven.
Both teams are shooting 50 percent or better from the floor and each team has 14 points in the paint.
3:43 1st: NC State 24, Miami 23: With six points from each Ralston Turner and TJ Warren, NC State has managed their first lead since the opening minutes and are still shooting 50 percent from the floor as a team.
7:34 1st: Miami 22, NC State 20: At the under-8 timeout, Miami is shooting 52.9 percent from the floor and leads the Pack by two. The Canes enter today dead last in the ACC in field goal percentage at 40.9 percent.
11:55 1st: Miami 15, NC State 11: Rion Brown continues to pace the play with seven points and Miami has five second-chance points as they lead 15-11 at the under-12.
15:07 1st: Miami 11, NC State 9: NC State has four different scorers in the early going and is shooting 50 percent from the floor, but Rion Brown has five points to lead Miami to the 11-9 advantage.
20:00 1st: NC State vs. Miami: For the first time this year, NC State will be wearing their all black uniforms and fans have been given black towels. Miami will counter with their all-orange uniforms.
The Wolfpack will start Lewis, Vandenberg, Turner, Warren and Washington. Miami will trot out Adams, Brown, Swoope, Akpejiori and Jekiri.
North Carolina State University will try to recover from a heartbreaking loss to rival North Carolina Saturday at noon (WRAL-TV, Mix 101.5 FM) when they welcome Miami to PNC Arena.
N.C. State nearly upset the 19th-ranked Tar Heels, before falling, 85-84, to their longtime rivals in overtime. The loss was the third in the last four games for the Wolfpack, which is a solid 17-11 overall, but just 7-8 against the rest of the ACC.
Marcus Paige and T.J. Warren traded 2-of-2 efforts at the free-throw line to force overtime after a hectic final minute of regulation between N.C. State and North Carolina. The Wolfpack got out to an 82-76 lead in the extra frame, but they did not record another field goal the rest of the way in the loss.
Warren (23.8 ppg, 7 rpg), who finished with a career-high 36 points in the loss to the Tar Heels, has been one of the real hidden gems in the country this season. The 6-foot-8 forward leads the ACC in scoring and he has been particularly effective in league play, netting at least 20 points in all but one conference matchup.
Too much of the offense revolves around him, however, with Ralston Turner (10.4 ppg) the only other player on the roster scoring in double figures. Turner added 16 points against North Carolina. Tyler Lewis (4.1 ppg, 3.6 apg) and Anthony Barber (9.2 ppg, 3.6 apg) don't score much, but they are both strong passers.
Miami went up against 12th-ranked Virginia on Wednesday night and came limping away with a 65-40 setback. The Hurricanes had won back-to-back games before the embarrassing loss, and they are 14-14 overall and 5-10 against the rest of the conference.
Miami got to see just how dominant Virginia, which leads the country in scoring defense, can be. The Hurricanes shot a miserable 26.1 percent from the floor, including misses on all 12 of their attempts from beyond the arc. Erik Swoope finished with 13 points to pace the losing side.
Although Virginia's constant defensive pressure was the main cause, it is not as if Miami has normally scored well. In fact, the Hurricanes are dead last in the ACC in both scoring (60.9 ppg) and field goal percentage (.409). What has kept them from spiraling even further into the conference basement is their effort on defense, as they allow only 59.3 ppg on 39.9 percent shooting.
Rion Brown (14.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg) is the only member of the team scoring in double figures, as well as being the top performer on the glass. Brown finished with 12 points against Virginia, but he needed 12 shots to reach that total
T.J. Warren scored 27 points and Ralston Turner added 17 more as NC State escaped with a 56-55 victory over Miami earlier this season. Miami swept the season series last year en route to the ACC title, but the Wolfpack have the all-time series edge (10-5).