TJ Warren showed why he was named the ACC player of the year, scoring 24 points to lead NC State on a late run to defeat Miami 67-58 in the second round of the ACC Tournament, ending the Hurricanes’ season in the process.
NC State led for most of the game before Miami fought back late in the second half to take a two-point lead. After Ralston Turner made a jumper to give NC State a 51-44 lead with 6:43 remaining, Miami went on a 9-0 run and Davon Reed’s 3-pointer with 3:55 left gave the Hurricanes a 53-51 lead.
All of a sudden it looked as if Miami would keep its up and down season alive but then its offense went cold.
Miami struggled to make another basket and NC State responded with a 12-0 to advance to Friday’s matchup with Syracuse. After Ralston Turner hit a pair of free throws to tie the game, Warren made a turnaround jumper to put the Wolfpack ahead for good at 55-53.
Garrius Adams then turned the ball over, one of Miami’s 15 for the game, and Turner hit a 3-pointer off a screen to put NC State ahead by five, three of his 22 points. The Wolfpack scored 26 points off of those 15 turnovers for the game.
Miami didn’t score again until Rion Brown’s jumper with 28 seconds remaining but it was too little too late.
In Brown’s final game as a Hurricane he helped lead his team back in the second half, scoring 16 of his 22 points in the final 20 minutes. Miami trailed for most of the game but took its first lead at the 14:17 mark of the second half on a Manu Lecomte jumper, two of his seven points. Davon Reed also had nine points but Miami just didn’t have enough to offset the scoring of Warren and Turner.
NC State will next face Syracuse in the quarterfinals Friday night at 7 PM.