Warren, Wolfpack Surge Past Virginia Tech
Feb. 22, 2014
BLACKSBURG, Va. - T.J. Warren, the ACC's leading scorer, exploded for 31 points and the NC State men's basketball team won at Virginia Tech 71-64 on Saturday afternoon.
Warren, who entered Saturday's game averaging 23.0 points per game, buried 12 of his 21 shots and added six rebounds and four steals.
"T.J was aggressive and did a great job," head coach Mark Gottfried said. "He does so much to help our team. He's a tough player to defend."
Tyler Lewis dished a career-high 11 assists with no turnovers and scored eight points. Lewis made four foul shots late to help ice the game.
"There aren't a lot of players in America that can get 11 assists with no turnovers," Gottfried said.
Kyle Washington added 13 points before fouling out with 36 seconds left. Washington is averaging 11.3 points over the last three games.
NC State (17-10, 7-7) led 61-46 after two free throws by Ralston Turner with 7:21 left in the game. But the Hokies scrambled back into the game late, using a 17-6 run to cut the lead to 67-63 on two Devin Wilson free throws with 36 seconds remaining.
The Wolfpack then went to Lewis as Virginia Tech attempted to extend the game. Lewis pushed the lead to 68-63 after he split a pair of foul shots with 34 seconds to go. After Virginia Tech's C.J. Barksdale missed an open 3-pointer, Lewis made 1 of 2 again at the line with 22 seconds remaining to give the Wolfpack a 69-63 lead. Lewis' two free throws with 12.8 seconds left iced the game for NC State.
Warren opened the game with a pair of 3-pointers to give State a 6-0 lead in the first minute. Warren continued his offensive barrage throughout the first period, attacking the middle of Virginia Tech's zone. The key stretch came after a Warren jumper put the Wolfpack ahead 18-15. NC State went on an 11-4 run to take a 29-19 lead with 4:37 left before halftime.
Warren scored 17 in the first 20 minutes and Lewis had already tied his career high with nine assists as the Pack built a 35-25 halftime lead.
Virginia Tech (9-17, 2-12) was led by Jarell Eddie and Devin Wilson, who each scored 14 points. The Hokies committed 17 turnovers and missed 15 free throws on the day.
NC State will host archrival North Carolina Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.