Warren scores 29 in Wolfpack's Win Over Detroit
Dec. 14, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State men's basketball closed out its seven-game homestand on Saturday with an 82-79 win over the Detroit Titans at historic Reynolds Coliseum.
Sophomore forward T.J. Warren scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Wolfpack, while Ralston Turner added 22 points off the bench on 6-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc - a season high for the junior transfer from Muscle Shoals, Ala. Warren, the ACC's leading scorer, came within one point of reaching the 30-point plateau for the third time this season while Turner came within one point of his career-high of 23 points.
In a tight finish that saw Detroit cut the final margin from 14 points to three over the final five minutes of play, the Wolfpack made 5-of-8 free throws over the last 38.7 seconds to preserve the victory. Warren made one of two free throws to give State a three point cushion with 5.9 seconds left.
The Wolfpack is now 13-0 in games played at Reynolds Coliseum since moving its games off campus to PNC Arena in 1999.
"First thing, it is already better to win than to lose," NC State head coach Mark Gottfried said. "There are a lot of ways to look at the game. We had a nice 13 point lead, they made some tough shots but I don't think we guarded them near as well as we could have. They are a crafty team and they take the ball down to the basket well. Defensively it wasn't bad, but we have got to get better. We need to trust each other a bit more and our help side defense has to get better. It was a good win at the end of the day."
The Wolfpack ran out to a 10-4 lead less than four minutes into the game as four of State's five starters netted early buckets. Detroit was able to cut the margin to 14-11 at the 10:38 juncture of the half before an 18-5 State scoring run, capped off by a Tyler Lewis three-pointer pushed the margin to 32-16 late in the period.
Turner scored all nine of his first half points during the stretch, getting things started with back-to-back buckets before a pair of rim-rattling dunks from Warren and Vandenberg brought the Reynolds crowd to its feet. From there, State would take a 37-28 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Following intermission, the Wolfpack maintained a nine-point advantage over the first six minutes of the half, before a 15-6 spurt, sparked once again by Turner's deadly three-point shooting, doubled the lead to 65-47 at the 7:52 mark.
Foul trouble plagued State over the next three minutes of play as Detroit cut the lead in half with a Juwan Howard Jr. three-point basket to make the score 70-61. From there, the Titans kept chipping away at the lead, forcing State to win the game at the free throw line.
The Wolfpack connected on a season-high 10 3-pointers, making 47.6 percent (10-of-21) on the night to win its fifth consecutive game.
Howard Jr. led Detroit with 24 points on the night.
NC State will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., for its next contest to take on the Tennessee Volunteers. The contest at UT will be broadcast by ESPNU Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.