On a day of personal bests, led behind seven made 3-pointers and 26 points by senior guard Davon Reed, the University of Miami men’s basketball team edged out NC State, 84-79.
Looking for the series sweep, the Hurricanes fell behind early, trailing 21-11 at the halfway mark of the first half.
However, the Canes clawed their way back to even the score at 30 apiece, with less than five minutes to go in the half. Another run, sparked by a Dennis Smith Jr. 3-pointer, helped the Wolfpack enter the locker room leading 45-36.
Following two made free throws by Abdul-Malik Abu, Miami (15-7, 5-5 ACC) tallied a 15-5 run to take their first lead of the second half, 53-52.
With 8:30 left to play in the game, Miami trailed NC State, 61-58. Led by back-to-back 3-pointers, from sophomore Anthony Lawrence Jr. and Reed, the Hurricanes took the 64-61 lead that they refused to give up.
As Smith responded with a three of his own, freshman guard Bruce Brown knocked down his own shot from beyond the arc, while junior point guard Ja’Quan Newton nailed a jumper, to give the Canes a 69-64 lead.
With a pair of free throws, with 4:07 left to play, sophomore center Ebuka Izundu surpassed his career-high, hitting his 15th and 16th points of the game.
In the closing 30 seconds of the game, Lawrence set his own career high with a couple made free throws to give him 19 for the game. Following a made 3-pointer by Terry Henderson, Brown ended the game with an electrifying dunk.
NC State (14-10, 3-8 ACC) finished the night shooting 27-for-48 (56.3%) while Miami finished 31-for-62 (50.0%). The Hurricanes outscored the Wolfpack 48-34 in the second half. Four Hurricanes scored in double figures: Reed (26), Lawrence (19), Izundu (16) and Newton (13).