Warren leads NC State by Pittsburgh 74-67

Mar. 03, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

T.J. Warren scored a career-high 41 points and N.C. State surged past Pittsburgh 74-67 on Monday night.

Warren's eighth 30-point game of the year gave the Wolfpack's flagging NCAA tournament hopes a needed boost. N.C. State (18-12, 8-9 ACC) won for just the second time in its last six games, riding Warren for much of the second half.

The ACC's leading scorer made seven straight shots at one point and finished 16 of 22 from the field. His emphatic dunk in the final seconds sealed it.

The Wolfpack came in having lost four of five, including brutal one-point losses to Syracuse and North Carolina. There would be no late collapse this time.

Lamar Patterson led Pitt (22-8, 10-7) with 17 points but the Panthers had no answer for Warren.

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NC STATE (18-12)

Warren 16-22 6-7 41, Washington 0-3 0-2 0, Vandenberg 0-1 2-2 2, Lewis 2-3 0-0 6, Turner 1-8 1-2 4, Barber 3-4 2-4 9, Lee 0-7 0-1 0, Freeman 3-5 4-7 10, Anya 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 26-55 15-25 74.
PITTSBURGH (22-8)

Young 2-5 2-2 7, Patterson 4-12 7-12 17, Zanna 3-5 5-6 11, Robinson 2-4 0-0 5, Wright 0-1 0-0 0, Artis 3-6 0-1 7, Randall 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Newkirk 7-8 1-2 20. Totals 21-42 15-23 67.

Halftime_Pittsburgh 36-31. 3-Point Goals_NC State 7-19 (Warren 3-5, Lewis 2-3, Barber 1-1, Turner 1-6, Lee 0-4), Pittsburgh 10-21 (Newkirk 5-5, Patterson 2-8, Young 1-2, Artis 1-2, Robinson 1-3, Jones 0-1). Fouled Out_Robinson. Rebounds_NC State 35 (Freeman 8), Pittsburgh 23 (Zanna 9). Assists_NC State 15 (Barber 5), Pittsburgh 18 (Patterson 6). Total Fouls_NC State 21, Pittsburgh 21. A_12,508.

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