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NC State 78, Miami 73

Four Factors NCSU Miami
eFG% 51.9 45.9
Turnover Rate 20.0
Off Reb Rate 25.0 33.3
FT Rate 59.6 37.7

73 74.8 97.6 104.2
NCSU 78 74.8 104.2 97.6

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NC State overcame a sluggish start at the offensive end to take a double-digit lead into halftime, but more stretches of careless play kept the Hurricanes a little closer than they should have been. Bad fouls plagued the forwards and everybody played a little too fast at times. But they were very good at the defensive end in the first half, frustrating MIami's perimeter scorers as the Pack built that decisive lead.

Scott Wood finished with a team-high 21 points and broke J.J. Redick's ACC record for consecutive free throws made in the process. He also hit a couple of big threes down the stretch to calm things down. DeShawn Painter's jump shot returned in timely fashion, what with Richard Howell's struggles this afternoon, and he continues to be a reliable free throw shooter.

Miami hit 25 of 41 two-point attempts but attempted 20 three-pointers and made just two of those. Had they not settled for so many long range shots in the first half, maybe things would have been different for them. Malcolm Grant and Durand Scott were a combined 4-18 from the field.

NC State, now 4-1 at tied for first in the ACC, is off until a road trip to Chapel Hill on Thursday.