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Game Blog: Warren steering NC State to lead on Pitt late

Posted March 3, 2014

Coron Williams (13) commits a foul against T.J. Warren (24). NC State defeated Wake Forest 82-67 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 11, 2014. Photo by: Jerome Carpenter.

2:14 2nd: NC State 69, Pitt 65: TJ Warren has a new career-high 36 points and the Pack lead Pitt by four with just a couple minutes left to play in a pivotal ACC game.

7:52 2nd: NC State 56, Pitt 53: TJ Warren is up to 33 points but also has five rebounds, four steals and two assists to lead the Pack to a three point lead late in the second half.

11:32 2nd: NC State 51, Pitt 46: Plain and simple, it is the TJ Warren show as he has 30 points to guide the Pack to a 5-point lead midway through the 2nd half.

Warren is 12-for-16 from the field and has his 8th 30-plus point game of the year with over 11 minutes remaining,

15:30 2nd: Pitt 44, NC State 42: It is the TJ Warren show as he has 23 points to keep NC State within two of Pitt early in the second half.

The rest of the team has just 19 points, as Lewis and Freeman have each added six.

HALF: Pitt 36, NC State 31: TJ Warren has 15 points but Pitt is shooting 59 percent from the floor led by Josh Newkirk's 11 and the Panthers lead by five at half.

NC State is just 1-for-8 from 3-point range compared to Pitt's 6 of 11.

3:36 1st: Pitt 34, NC State 23: TJ Warren's 15 points are keeping the Pack close but Pitt is shooting 68 percent from the floor and hold an 11-point lead late in the 1st.

7:10 1st: Pitt 28, NC State 19: Pitt has made 11 of their first 15 shots and has opened up a 9-point lead on NC State in the latter minutes of the first half.

11:09 1st: Pitt 17, NC State 14: TJ Warren has 11 of the Pack's 14 points already but NC State trails Pitt by three midway through the first half.

15:33 1st: Pitt 10, NC State 7: TJ Warren has six of NC State's first seven points but Pitt leads by three at the first media break.

20:00 1st: NC State vs. Pitt: Tyler Lewis will again get the call at point along with Vandenberg, Warren Washington and Turner as the Pack seek to stay in the middle of the ACC.


PREGAME

Coming off a hard-earned win over Notre Dame, the Pittsburgh Panthers will play their final home game of the season on Monday night when the NC State Wolfpack come to Petersen Events Center for an ACC bout.

Pittsburgh needed overtime to finish off Notre Dame on the road this past Saturday. The Panthers' 85-81 victory was their second straight and moved them to 22-7 overall and 10-6 in league play. All in all, it has been a strong first campaign for Pitt in the ACC, with the regular season ending at Clemson this Saturday.

NC State has hit a rough patch at the worst possible time as it has dropped four of its last five games down the home stretch. The Wolfpack don't have an overly impressive resume' at 17-12 overall and 7-9 in league play, so their NCAA Tournament hopes were all but finished. They will end on the road this Sunday against Boston College.

Led by 22 points from Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh easily handled NC State, 74-62, in Raleigh on Jan. 4. However, the Panthers still have work to do in the all-time series, which they trail, 9-2.

T.J. Warren was at it again, scoring 20 points, but it didn't matter as NC State fell to Miami, 85-70, on Saturday. The Wolfpack allowed the Hurricanes to shoot 58.7 percent from the floor, while being outscored, 26-16, from the free-throw line and outrebounded, 32-24.

Warren (23.6 ppg, 7 rpg) is really all NC State has going at the moment. The 6-foot-8 forward is the best scorer in the ACC, having netted at least 20 points in all but two of the league bouts he has appeared in, including four 30-point efforts. Unfortunately, the rest of the roster does not provide much offensively, with Ralston Turner (10.3 ppg) the only other player averaging in double figures. Anthony Barber (9 ppg, 3.5 apg) is a solid passer, but his poor shooting (.385 FG percentage) has mad more of an impact. In all, the Wolfpack net just 70.9 ppg, despite shooting a solid 45.6 percent from the floor.

Pittsburgh led for most of the second half, but a 3-pointer by Notre Dame's V.J. Beachem with nine seconds remaining forced overtime. Tied at 72-72 with 1:30 to play in the extra session, a pair of free throws from James Robinson and a dunk off a steal by Patterson, gave the Panthers enough breathing room to earn the victory.

The Panthers were uncharacteristically sloppy on defense against Notre Dame, which shot 54.8 percent from the floor. Jamie Dixon's squad usually locks up teams on defense, letting up only 61.6 ppg on 40.9 percent shooting for the season. Patterson (17.2 ppg, 4.5 apg) runs the show on offense, leading the team in scoring and assists. Patterson's talent in sharing the ball spreads to the entire team, as the Panthers are ranked 15th nationally in assist-to- turnover ratio (+1.47). Zanna (12.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg) and Cameron Wright (11 ppg) stand in as the secondary scoring options behind Patterson.

With their tenacious defensive play matched with the limited mistakes they make on offense, the Panthers should have not problem collecting a win against a one-dimensional NC State team.

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  • tarheelfan41 Mar 3, 2014

    Nice win TJ.

  • Jeanne Gunn Mar 3, 2014

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    First things first, give him the Player of the Week. Someone mentioned last week how ironic it would be if Warren was overlooked all season, but was awarded ACC POY. He is one heck of a player, and he puts his team on his back game after game. Great, great player.

  • TruDat Mar 3, 2014

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    POY, not just POW.

  • Jeanne Gunn Mar 3, 2014

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    He is a remarkable player, and no team has been able to stop him.

  • Jeanne Gunn Mar 3, 2014

    Congrats to State. Maybe TJ Warren will FINALLY get some respect this week and receive the Player of the Week.

  • Turheel Mar 3, 2014

    I don't care what State's record is, T.J. Warren is the best player in the ACC.

  • TruDat Mar 3, 2014

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    Remember: No matter what happens, the deck is ALWAYS stacked against the Pack. Always.

  • Jeanne Gunn Mar 3, 2014

    State may just pull out the win in this game. As I type this, Newkirk nails a 3, but State is still ahead by 1.

  • TruDat Mar 3, 2014

    TJ Warren is ACC POY, no question. A tremendous competitor on a mediocre team with an ineffective coach. Good luck TJ in the NBA -- you've earned it.

  • Mary is a liar Mar 3, 2014

    Another foul on the Cat. Two calls in a row.

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UMASS 53
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HOU 68
 
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HOW 62
 
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PITT 63
MIAMI 67
 
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UCLA 85
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WYO 76
UTST 53
 
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