Wolfpack Falls to No. 19 UNC 85-84 in Overtime
Feb. 26, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - T.J. Warren scored a career-high 36 points, reaching the 30-point plateau for the seventh time this season, as the NC State men's basketball team dropped a 85-84 overtime decision to No. 19 UNC at PNC Arena on Wednesday night.
The overtime contest, the first for the two squads in Raleigh since 1959, featured eight lead changes and 10 ties in a game which the two teams were within three points of each other for the final 7:55 of regulation.
The ACC's leading scorer, Warren scored the most points for a Pack player since Tom Gugliotta also had 36 points in 1992 against the Tar Heels. He accounted for 19 of the Wolfpack's final 27 points of the game, including two free throws that tied the game at 71-71 with 1.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
After Warren hit one of two free throws with 7.7 seconds in the extra period, UNC's Marcus Paige hit a running lay-up with 0.9 seconds remaining to give the Tar Heels the lead and the victory after a desperation full-court heave fell short for the Pack.
"Congratulations to North Carolina," NC State head coach Mark Gottfried said. "I thought they stepped up and made couple of big plays--just one more play than we did. I am extremely proud of our team. I loved our effort and competitiveness. I look out there and although I am very disappointed, I love our future. I am hurting for our guys right now. They laid it on the line and gave everything they could give."
Warren scored 10 points in the first half, 17 in the second period and nine points in overtime. The sophomore from Durham, N.C. scored 19 points of his 36 points, including the last 4:23 of regulation and all five minutes of overtime, saddled with four fouls.
"He was unstoppable," UNC head coach Roy Williams said. "He was just as good a player as we've played against all year long."
The Wolfpack was ready from the outset for the challenge from the rival Tar Heels.
NC State held UNC to just 1-of-10 shooting over the initial five minutes of action to fuel a 9-1 run and take the early lead. From there, the Tar Heels tied it up twice before State embarked on a 13-2 run midway through the half to take a 26-15 advantage. Anya led the way with six points during the spurt, including two rim-rattling dunks.
The Wolfpack would close the half with a 34-26 lead.
Following intermission, the Tar Heels eventually retook the lead at the 7:00 juncture of the second half after State held the advantage for 22:52 of game time, spanning the first and second halves.
The last seven minutes of second half action featured seven ties and five lead changes.
Paige scored a career-high 35 points for UNC, while J.P. Tokoto had 16 and Brice Johnson added 10.
For its next game the Wolfpack will host Miami (Fla.) on Saturday, March 1. Tip-off at PNC Arena is set for noon.