T.J. Warren scored 28 points while Ralston Turner banked in the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:28 left to help North Carolina State upset No. 11 Syracuse 66-63 in Friday's quarterfinals at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
WARREN, TURNER COMBINE FOR 46 POINTS AS N.C. STATE ADVANCES TO MEET SYRACUSE
T.J. Warren scored 24 points to help North Carolina State beat Miami 67-58 in Thursday night's second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Ralston Turner added 16 of his 22 points after halftime for the seventh-seeded Wolfpack (20-12), who trailed 53-51 with about 4 minutes left before going on a 12-0 run that kept Mark Gottfried's team alive in the tournament.
Turner came up big during that spurt. Warren hit a turnaround for the lead at the 2:23 mark, then Turner knocked down a tough 3-pointer over Rion Brown that gave the Wolfpack a 58-53 lead with 1:42 to go.
Des Lee's breakaway dunk ended the run and gave N.C. State a 63-53 lead with 26.3 seconds left, part of a 16-5 flurry to close the game against the 10th-seeded Hurricanes (17-16).
N.C. State advanced to Friday's quarterfinals to play No. 11 Syracuse, the tournament's third seed.
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DURHAM’S WARREN TOPS DUKE’S PARKER AS ACC PLAYER OF YEAR
T.J. Warren was born six months after Hillside High School’s Rodney Rogers won the 1993 ACC player of the year award while playing at Wake Forest.
On Tuesday, Warren joined his fellow Durham native in that select group.
Warren, a former Riverside High player, became the second player from Durham to be named the ACC’s top player when he won player of the year awards in voting by the media and the league coaches.
“It’s a wonderful award,” Warren said. “It wouldn’t be possible without my teammates and coaching staff. They’ve given me a lot of confidence throughout the year.”
A 6-8 sophomore forward, Warren led the ACC in scoring (24.8 points) and field-goal percentage (53.2). He surpassed the 30-point plateau nine times this season, including last week’s games with 41 at Pittsburgh and 42 against Boston College.
Warren received 48 of the 77 votes from the media to easily outdistance Duke’s Jabari Parker, who was second with 25. North Carolina guard Marcus Paige received two votes.
Duke's Jabari Parker, N.C. State's T.J. Warren and North Carolina's Marcus Paige made the all-ACC first team.
Virginia is tournament's top seed for first time since 1981. Blue Devils, Tar Heels get seeds 3 and 4 for the 15-team field.
NCCU BASKS IN AFTERGLOW OF MEAC REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
A whole bunch of folks saw NCCU's overtime win against Savannah State on ESPNU on Monday.
The victory allowed the Eagles to clinch their first Division I league title.
Guards Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd represent the unbeaten Fighting Irish (29-0) on the first team. Duke had center Elizabeth Williams and guard Tricia Liston. They were joined by North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields, N.C. State’s Markeisha Gatling, Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby, Georgia Tech’s Tyaunna Marshall, Florida State’s Natasha Howard and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas.
None of the top teams will be playing in Wednesday’s opening round which pits No. 13 seed Clemson vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech (1 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas), No. 15 Boston College vs. No. No. 10 Virginia (3:30 p.m., FSC) and No. 14 Pittsburgh vs. No. 11 Wake Forest (6:30 p.m., FSC). UNC opens play Thursday, Duke has a double-bye and opens on Friday.
Former Riverside star lifts N.C. State over Pittsburgh
Rion Brown scored 20 points and Miami pulled away to beat N.C. State 85-70 Saturday at PNC Arena.
Having already faced every other ACC opponent — including two games against N.C. State — the Tar Heels will face last-place Virginia Tech Saturday, March 1 at Cassell Coliseum (2:30 p.m., WRAL).
ACC Indoor Track Championships ... men's and women's tennis ... basketball ... women's lacrosse.
T.J. Warren’s actions on the court did the majority of his talking and yet they still weren’t enough to lift his Wolfpack to a much-needed victory that appeared so close to its grasp.