Miami played with a sense of urgency throughout the second half and even took a late lead, but in the end, N.C. State proved too much for the mistake-prone Hurricanes.
The Wolfpack held the Hurricanes scoreless for more than two minutes inside the game’s final minutes and capitalized on 15 Miami turnovers to hang on for a 67-58 win over Miami in the second round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro.
Miami overcame a seven-point second half deficit to tie the score 53-53 with 3:04 to play, but the Wolfpack scored 10 unanswered.
For Miami, which lost more than its share of close games this season, the season is over. Entering the ACC Tournament, Hurricanes coach Jim Larrañaga said the Hurricanes' RPI wasn’t high enough for Miami to qualify for the NIT and he felt several other post-season tournaments were designed for teams with younger rosters.
The Hurricanes turned the ball over 15 times and N.C. State capitalized scoring 26 points off those turnovers.
Third-team All-ACC selection Rion Brown finished with a team-high 22 points for Miami, while Davon Reed had nine points. N.C. State star T.J. Warren, the ACC Player of the Year, finished with a game-high 24 points.
The Hurricanes finish the season 17-16, while N.C. State (20-12) advances to face Syracuse on Friday.
Ralston Turner also played a key role for N.C. State. Turner finished with 22 points, 16 coming in the second half, including a key 3-pointer that put the Wolfpack ahead 58-53 with 1:46 to play.