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T.J. Warren goes nuclear as NC State beats Pittsburgh, 74-67

Justin K. Aller

Box Score

Four Factors NCSU Pitt
eFG% 53.6 61.9
Turnover Rate 10.1
13.5
Off Reb Rate 38.2 8.3
FT Rate 45.5 54.8

Pts Poss OFF_EFF DEF_EFF
Pitt 67 59.4 112.8 124.6
NCSU 74 59.4 124.6 112.8

What a week T.J. Warren is having, huh. He set a career-high against UNC, and as if that performance weren't impressive enough, he went ahead and topped it his next time out five days later. Warren scored 41 points on incredible 16-of-22 shooting from the floor.

You know the rim is lookin' pretty big when he's knocking down shots like this one:

That three came right after Pitt hit a three of its own to cut the Wolfpack lead to one. That shot, and his 15-footer with less than two minutes to go, were huge reasons why State avoided calamity in another close game. He was just damned incredible. Ain't much else to say.

NC State showed surprising resiliency in rallying from a double-digit deficit in the first half, slowly chipping away until it actually kinda took control of the game. Warren was the driving force in that, of course, but the Pack also got nice performances from Lennard Freeman, who scored 10 points and grabbed eight boards, and Cat Barber, who finished with an efficient nine points, five boards, and five assists. Barber hadn't played that well in who knows how long.

Those efforts helped make up for the doughnuts posted by Kyle Washington and Desmond Lee, but no doubt it was Warren's show tonight.