Joe Ovies

Talking Points: Warren & Turner take over

Posted March 13, 2014
Updated March 14, 2014

1. NC State advanced in the ACC Tournament because T.J. Warren and Ralston Turner dropped 46 combined points on Miami. They worked in tandem to score 28 of the Wolfpack's 41 second half points. Their performance was crucial during a pocket of defensive derping.

The Hurricanes initially did a good job trailing Warren in the first half. The ACC Player of the Year wasn't subject to double-teams, but he still had to work past Miami's Erik Swoope and Davon Reed to get a decent look at the basket. The Canes had no problems letting less reliable scoring threats take their chances.

While Warren was limited to 3-of-9 shooting, he was 6-of-8 from the free throw line before halftime. Once Turner's shot started falling in the second half, in which he scored 16 of his 22 points, Warren was able to finally get in rhythm. 

"We played a triangle and two the whole second half and they still ended up with 24 and 22," said Miami head coach Jim Larranaga.

2. It's easy to get caught up in how everyone on NC State's roster not named Warren or Turner failed to do anything offensively since 11-of-23 from the field tends to stick out. However, contributions were found in other aspects of the game.

Cat Barber dished out seven assists and didn't turn the ball over. The freshman guard did enough to keep the offense going to justify head coach Mark Gottfried leaving him on the court for his defense. Tyler Lewis added four assists and zero turnovers in 18 minutes.

Lennard Freeman pulled down eight rebounds, while Jordan Vandenberg also cleaned up a few loose balls.

3. NC State forced Miami into 15 turnovers, which the Wolfpack converted into 26 points. 

"I think the game came down to one statistical category," said Larranaga. "We did did a lot of good things, but we just turned the ball over way too much."

4. NC State will face Syracuse in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. Just in case you need a refresher on what happened in the last meeting, this should cover it.

Revenge is an easy talking point, but NC State wasn't thinking that way after the game.

"It's not about payback," said Gottfried. "It's about opportunity, and we've got an opportunity that is golden."

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  • dave437 Mar 14, 2014

    Joe does realize that 11-of-23 is hitting half your shots..... that actually is contributing well.

  • jmcdow2792 Mar 14, 2014

    Ok. Good win.

  • Jeanne Gunn Mar 14, 2014
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    When Warren gets help from Turner, the Pack is hard to beat. Turnovers doomed Miami in this game, and credit State's D for that. State is playing its best ball now, so Syracuse will have their work cut out for them today.

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