Pack Falls 79-78 to Miami on Last-Second Tip-In
Feb. 2, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - A last-second tip-in by Miami's Reggie Johnson with 0.8 seconds to play gave No. 14 Miami a 79-78 victory and ended No. 19 NC State's 12-game home winning streak at PNC Arena this season on Saturday afternoon.
The Wolfpack, with two starters out of the lineup when the game began, played the entire game without junior point guard Lorenzo Brown, who suffered an injury earlier this week against Virginia.
Freshman Tyler Lewis filled in capably, scoring 16 points and handing out five assists. Junior C.J. Leslie posted his third consecutive double-double and his sixth of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while senior Richard Howell had 15 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Rodney Purvis added 13 points.
Miami had five players in double figures, led by senior Durand Scott with 18 points.
"It's a tough game to lose," said NC State coach Mark Gottfried. "I feel badly for our players right now because they competed hard. Our effort all day was phenomenal.
"Sometimes it just comes down to the bounce of the ball."
State (16-6 overall, 5-4 ACC) also lost earlier this season on a last-second shot at Maryland and now has fallen in four conference games by a total of just seven points.
"We competed really hard today, and we are right there in terms of where we need to be," Gottfried said. "We played really well today against a good team without one of the country's best players.
"We just have to go back to work and get ready for our next game."
The Wolfpack is on the road for its next two contests, at Duke on Thursday and at Clemson next Sunday.
Miami built a quick nine-point lead in the first half, but Lewis found a rhythm and guided his team on a surge that grabbed the lead. The Pack owned a 40-34 advantage at intermission.
That lead went up to as much as 10 points midway through the second half.
However, the Hurricanes managed to win their fifth ACC road game with a 16-2 run that regained the lead for Jim Larranaga's team. Even after the Canes rebuilt as much as a six-point lead, the Wolfpack bounced back behind Lewis' leadership to take a 76-71 lead with 1:47 to play.
Lewis, who was 8-for-9 at the free-throw line, made two foul shots with 1:11 remaining, and the Pack seemed to be in control of the game. But Scott's scoring and a couple of free throws put the Hurricanes in position to win.
The Pack was ahead by one with 10 seconds to go, until Larranaga called a timeout to set up a play for point guard Shane Larkin. Purvis guarded him throughout the possession and forced Larkin to take an off-balance jumper on the baseline.
Johnson, however, was there to grab the rebound and put the ball in the basket with 0.8 seconds to play.
Purvis' final shot of the game, from 75 feet, rolled around the rim and bounced out.
Gottfried praised the play of his three freshmen, Lewis in particular.
"Tyler was terrific today," Gottfried said. "He made foul shots and distributed the ball where he needed to. He made a lot of great decisions throughout the day."