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Hurricanes earn road win over N.C. State


Miami got balanced scoring and plenty of it.

Davon Reed scored 26 points to help the Hurricanes beat North Carolina State 84-79 on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.

Reed made 7 of 10 3-pointers and was one of three Miami players to score a career high against the Wolfpack.

Anthony Lawrence Jr. and Ebuka Izundu came off the bench for the Hurricanes (15-7, 5-5 ACC) to top their previous scoring bests with 19 and 16 points, respectively.

“We really directed our comments to our bench before the game, saying that this has to be a total team effort,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. “We can’t just have our three guards score. We need other guys to step in there, and they did.”

Izundu did not score in Miami’s previous three games. He and Lawrence combined to make 13 of 18 shots and outscored N.C. State’s bench 35-2.

Miami exploited a struggling N.C. State defense that had allowed an average of 90 points in its previous four games. The Hurricanes shot 50 percent from the field, including 11 of 21 from 3-point range.

The Wolfpack allowed at least 82 points for the sixth time in the past seven games and N.C. State’s last three opponents have shot a combined 38 for 71 (53.5 percent) from 3-point range.

On Saturday, Bruce Brown made a 3-pointer with 6:49 remaining to snap a 64-64 tie, and Miami led the rest of the way.

Ja’Quan Newton added 13 points for the Hurricanes, who rallied from a 12-point deficit late in the first half.

“Our team was resilient,” Larranaga said.

Freshman star Dennis Smith Jr. scored 31 points to lead N.C. State (14-10, 3-8).

The Wolfpack lost their third game in a row despite shooting 56 percent from the floor, including 11 of 18 from 3-point range.

Terry Henderson scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half to help stake the Wolfpack to a 45-36 halftime lead, but he did not attempt a shot from the field in the second half until the closing seconds.

Miami made a defensive change after Smith and Henderson combined for 33 points in the first half. Reed told Larranaga that he wanted to guard Smith, and Newton switched over to Henderson. Smith made 4 of 9 attempts in the second half after hitting all six of his shots before halftime.

“He’s a very good player,” Reed said. “Whatever he was doing in the first half was working for him, so to give him a different look in the second half is what we were aiming for.”

Miami grabbed 17 offensive rebounds, one more than the Wolfpack managed on the defensive end. The Hurricanes twice scored down the stretch after grabbing offensive rebounds to prevent the Wolfpack from rallying.

“You’ve got to get a defensive rebound,” Gottfried said. “That’s part of the defensive possession. That was the Achilles heel today.”

The Hurricanes, who play three of their next four games at home, next host Virginia Tech on Wednesday night. Miami has won six of the past seven meetings with the Hokies.



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