Warren Drops 41 As Pack Wins At Pittsburgh
March 4, 2014
PITTSBURGH - It rained in Raleigh on Monday. T.J. Warren made it rain in Pittsburgh at the same time. Warren went for a career-high 41 points to lead NC State to a 74-67 win at Pittsburgh on Monday night.
Warren, the ACC's leading scorer, shooter and offensive rebounder, finished 16-for-22 from the floor and made four steals as the Wolfpack claimed its second road win of the season over a team in the RPI top 50. The other such win was at Tennessee in December.
In the process, Warren set Petersen Events Center records for points (41) and field goals (16). It was his eighth outing with at least 30 points. The rest of the ACC has 11 combined. It was the most points a Wolfpack player has scored in a game since Rodney Monroe went for 48 against Georgia Tech in 1991.
"It was a great team win," head coach Mark Gottfried said. "But obviously, T.J. was special."
Pittsburgh (22-8, 10-7) shot .591 in the first half and scored on its first three trips to start the second half, giving the Panthers a 43-34 lead. Warren scored seven points and Tyler Lewis made a 3-pointer over a span of 3:06 to tie the game at 44-44. A Warren jumper with 13:04 on the clock put the Wolfpack up 48-46 and State would lead for the rest of the game.
The game was close down the stretch but a deep 3-pointer from Warren with the shot clock running out gave State a 69-65 lead with 2:56 left. After Pitt cut the lead to two again, Warren scored again to put the lead back to four. With the Pack leading 72-67 in the final minute, Warren got out in front of everyone on an outlet pass from Anthony `Cat' Barber and provided an emphatic dunk to ice the victory.
Warren kept NC State (18-12, 8-9) in the game early despite hot shooting from Pittsburgh. Warren's scoring and an energy lift from Lennard Freeman, NC State erased a 13-point deficit in the first half. Pitt built a 36-23 lead, but the Wolfpack finished the first half with an 8-0 run over the final 3:23 to trail just 36-31 at the half. Warren scored 15 in the first half and Freeman added six points and six boards off the bench.
NC State controlled boards in the first half against the ACC's top rebounding team. The Pack had a 16-13 rebounding edge and didn't allow a single offensive rebound. NC State finished the night +12 in rebounding, allowing just two offensive boards. Freeman tied his career high with 10 points and also pulled in eight rebounds. Barber and Lewis combined for 15 points and seven assists.
Pitt's Josh Newkirk, a Raleigh native, scored 20 points and made five 3-pointers. Lamar Patterson added 17 points and six assists.
NC State will have its regular season finale Sunday, March 9 when Boston College comes to PNC Arena. That game will include Senior Day festivities for fifth-year senior Jordan Vandenberg. The NC State-Boston College game will tip at 6 p.m.