Miami struggles to put N.C. State away

Posted: January 22, 2018 at 1:55 a.m.

Miami’s Ebuka Izundu (15) dunks during Miami’s 86-81 victory over North Carolina State on Sunday in Raleigh, N.C.

Miami’s Ebuka Izundu (15) dunks during Miami’s 86-81 victory over North Carolina State on Sunday in Raleigh, N.C.

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NO. 25 MIAMI 86,

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 81

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Bruce Brown Jr. scored 19 points and No. 25 Miami shot 58 percent to hold off North Carolina State 86-81 on Sunday.

Anthony Lawrence II and Ebuka Izundu each had 15 points for the Hurricanes (14-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Miami led the entire second half but struggled to put the Wolfpack away in a game that came down to the final seconds.

Miami came into Raleigh as one the ACC's worst three-point shooting teams, but made 10 of 19 tries from behind the arc for its best output in a league game.

The Hurricanes also shot 60 percent after halftime while committing just 10 turnovers, avoiding the miscues that can fuel the Wolfpack's pressure defense and lead to transition scores.

Omer Yurtseven had 28 points for the Wolfpack (13-7, 3-4), who shot 63 percent after halftime and 54 percent for the game.

The Hurricanes arrived with a 4-2 road record, matching their road win total for all of last season. They also came in shooting just 30 percent from behind the arc in league games, ahead of only Georgia Tech.

On Sunday, they kept coming up with big baskets to answer every run by the Wolfpack and now have made 19 threes in the past two games going back to their recent loss to Duke.

NO. 2 VIRGINIA 59, WAKE FOREST 49

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Kyle Guy scored 17 points, and No. 2 Virginia beat Wake Forest for its 10th consecutive victory.

De'Andre Hunter added 16 points to help the Cavaliers (18-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) extend their longest winning streak since 2015-16 and open league play with seven victories for the second time in four years. Virginia shot nearly 46 percent in the second half while holding Wake Forest to 30 percent shooting after halftime.

Bryant Crawford scored 11 points, and Mitchell Wilbekin and Brandon Childress added 10 apiece for the Demon Deacons (8-11, 1-6).

NO. 23 MICHIGAN 62, RUTGERS 47

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Moe Wagner scored 16 points and Duncan Robinson added 12 to lift No. 23 Michigan to a victory over Rutgers.

The Wolverines (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) took the lead for good with a 13-0 run in the first half. Both teams shot well under 50 percent from the field, but this Michigan team is more capable of winning with defense than in the past.

Corey Sanders scored 12 points for Rutgers (12-9, 2-6), and Deshawn Freeman added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

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