|FOOTBALL Regular Season|
|Sept 2||AT PITT||
|Sept 14||vs Nevada||TBA|
|Sept 21||vs Bethune-Cookman||
|Sept 28||AT Boston College||TBA|
|Oct 5||vs Maryland||
|Oct 19||AT Clemson||TBA|
|Oct 26||vs North Carolina State||
|Nov 2||vs Miami||TBA|
|Nov 9||AT Wake Forest||
|Nov 16||vs Syracuse||TBA|
|Nov 23||vs Idaho||
|Nov 30||AT Florida||TBA|
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — T.J. Warren gave North Carolina State the spark his coach wanted to see Tuesday night.
The freshman had season-highs of 31 points and 13 rebounds to help the Wolfpack beat Florida State 84-66, a rare easy victory for a team that has spent the past month fighting through down-to-the-wire finishes.
C.J. Leslie added 19 points for the Wolfpack (19-7, 8-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led the entire night to snap a three-game losing streak against the Seminoles. The win also snapped a four-game losing skid againstFlorida State (14-12, 6-7) on N.C. State's homecourt in Raleigh.
The Wolfpack dominated the boards and got plenty of second-chance baskets to stay in control of this one, earning a third straight win overall heading into this weekend's trip to rival North Carolina.
Warren, a 6-foot-8 forward, earned just his fifth start of the season over fellow rookie Rodney Purvis, who had started all but two games this year. Warren finished 12-for-15 from the field and hit two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
Warren offered a jolt for a team that had played seven games decided by four or fewer points since a 3-0 league start, with the Wolfpack going 3-4 in those games.
"I felt like our team needed something different in there right now," coach Mark Gottfried said. "I've told all three of those freshmen all year long: for our team to be great, all three of you need to play well. Tonight it just happened to be T.J.'s opportunity, and he was very good."
Warren came in averaging about 11 points and shooting nearly 62 percent from the field with 16 games in double figures. He topped every one of those Tuesday, surpassing his previous highs of 22 points and eight rebounds while also tying for the third-best scoring total by an N.C. State freshman.
"My confidence, it's always going to stay the same," Warren said. "It's something I can't lose. I just have to go out there and play the game. I've been playing the game a long time. ... I just wanted to keep it up."
Warren made it all look easy, whether he was knocking down open jumpers or scoring through contact in traffic. His three-point play with about 90 seconds left helped the Wolfpack blow the game open late and had the home fans chanting his name.
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said Warren — who had 20 second-half points — was "a man among boys out there tonight."
"He's a scorer and that's what he does," senior Scott Wood said. "He puts himself in the right position and the right situations to be successful and put the ball in the basket."
While Warren turned in the best game of his young career, Leslie added 10 rebounds to help the Wolfpack take a 45-21 rebounding advantage. That included a dominating 21-6 performance on the offensive glass, which helped N.C. State amass 29 second-chance points compared to just six for Florida State.
Florida State has been outrebounded in 12 of 14 games, while the minus-24 differential was its worst of the season.
"Believe it or not, we did have a scouting report that said if we didn't block out and put four guys in the lane that they would get a lot of offensive rebounds," Hamilton said. "I'm not really sure our players got the memo."
The Wolfpack led 40-30 at halftime, then gradually increased the margin through the first eight minutes to 58-41 on a pair of free throws from Leslie with 11:59 left. The Seminoles hung around but never got the lead to single digits, getting as close as 10 with about 7 minutes left before Warren and Wood knocked down 3s to push the lead back up to 16 with 5½ minutes left.
"The real key was the two guys I wasn't guarding went off," FSU senior Michael Snaer said. "The freshman, T.J. Warren, that's something we can't let happen."
Leslie finished 6-for-12 from the field, while Wood added 13 points to help N.C. State stay in position for one of the league's four first-day byes in next month's ACC tournament in Greensboro.
Snaer scored 20 to lead the Seminoles, who have lost three of four since beating Georgia Tech on his last-second basket two weeks ago.
It was N.C. State's first win against Florida State since beating the Seminoles in the quarterfinals of the 2010 ACC tournament.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Shane Larkin scored 13 of his 22 points in the final 7 1-2 minutes to help third-ranked Miami stave off Florida State 74-68 on Wednesday night for its 12th straight victory.
Reggie Johnson added 15 points for Miami (20-3, 11-0 ACC), which became the first team to start the league season 11-0 in a dozen years.
Florida State (13-11, 5-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) tied the game at 51 midway through the second half on Okaro White's tip-in, but never got the lead. Then Larkin took over.
The Hurricanes overcame an early 13-2 deficit to lead 38-30 at halftime.
White led the Seminoles with 15 points before fouling out with 2:04 left.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest is doing its best to rebuild a homecourt advantage.
Travis McKie scored 15 points to help the Demon Deacons beat Florida State 71-46 on Saturday, snapping a four-game losing streak.
C.J. Harris added 14 for the Demon Deacons (11-12, 4-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led the entire afternoon on the way to matching their league win total for last season. They were in complete control almost from the tip, leading by 11 points in the first half before blowing the game open in a surprisingly easy finish.
Now they're 4-1 at home in the ACC, with the only loss coming against Duke in a game that came down to the final minute. And if third-year coach Jeff Bzdelik is going to turn around the struggling program, it has to start here at Joel Coliseum.
"At home, honestly I feel like we're a top 25 team in the nation," said freshman Codi Miller-McIntyre, who also scored 14. "But we have to find some way to bring that energy from home to away."
For now, though, the Demon Deacons can savor at least one clear sign of progress for a team that went 5-27 in league play over the past two seasons.
They shot the ball well. They dominated the boards. They played defense. Then they put away the Seminoles (13-10, 5-5).
"We focused on coming out and getting a good start," Harris said. "We didn't want a slow start. We grew up by keeping the pedal down and not letting up."
The Demon Deacons finished with a 45-25 rebounding advantage, which led to a 19-1 edge in second-chance points and helped them shoot 49.1 percent (26 of 53) for the game. Wake Forest blew the game open with a 14-0 run that turned a 52-40 lead into a 26-point bulge with 2½ minutes left.
Wake Forest's only real hiccup was a 12-for-22 performance (55 percent) at the foul line.
Harris scored seven points during the 14-0 run that turned it into a blowout. He started it with a 3-pointer off a kickout from Devin Thomas, who had just hauled in one of the team's 13 offensive rebounds.
Bzdelik was even able to end the game with walk-ons playing out the final seconds and his top players celebrating from the bench.
Wake Forest had lost six of seven coming in, with its last win being an 86-84 upset of North Carolina State here on Jan. 22. Three of the past four losses since had come on the road, where the Demon Deacons have compiled an ugly 1-21 record in league play since Bzdelik's arrival.
Wake Forest had lost the past two games at Maryland and North Carolina by a combined 51 points.
"All we talked about was our pride, our confidence, our will, our desire and getting back to playing really goodbasketball," Bzdelik said. "Simple as that."
Not to be outdone, Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton offered his own simple assessment when asked what his Seminoles did right Saturday.
"We put our uniforms on right," Hamilton said. "That's about where it stopped."
Michael Snaer and Okaro White each scored 13 for the Seminoles, who shot just 25 percent (6 of 24) after halftime and managed one field goal over a 9-minute span as the Demon Deacons pulled away.
Florida State, the reigning ACC tournament champion, shot 33 percent (14 of 43) for the game.
"If I was in Wake Forest's shoes, I would've been disappointed that our team didn't give them more of an effort, a challenge that would've helped them improve," Hamilton said. "... I look at the stats, even though the stats are not very good from my standpoint, I think we probably played worse than the stats say."
The Demon Deacons earned their first win against Florida State since February 2009 and held an ACC opponent to fewer than 50 points for the first time since an 87-48 win against the Seminoles eight years ago.
Florida State was coming off a 56-54 win at Georgia Tech on Snaer's driving layup at the horn, the fifth last-second winning basket by the senior in the past two seasons. Snaer went 4-for-13 from the field in 36 minutes.
Wake Forest led 34-26 at halftime. Florida State got within six early in the second half before the Demon Deacons pushed the lead back up to double figures for the last 18 minutes.
"They busted a lead open on us, saw us bleeding and kept going," Snaer said.