|Tracy Smith #23|
N.C. STATE 72, MIAMI 70 – After leading by as many as 17 points in the second half, the Wolfpack allowed Miami to take a one-point lead in the final minute, but held on for the victory, thanks to a put-back basket by Tracy Smith and a free throw by first-time starter C.J. Williams.
Durand Scott gave the Hurricanes their first lead of the second half with one minute to play on an inside jumper, but Smith grabbed it right back for the Wolfpack (12-7 overall, 2-3 ACC) when he rebounded Harrow's miss and put it back up for a 71-70 advantage.
Miami called time out with 37.1 seconds to play, but Williams stripped the ball out of Reggie Johnson's hands and grabbed the loose ball. Williams was fouled and made one of his two free throws for a 72-70 lead at the 15.9 mark.
Miami (12-7, 1-4) tried to set up for a final shot, but State's smothering defense prevented the Hurricanes from getting off a shot.
More than 100 former players, coaches and support personnel were recognized during halftime of the contest, as the accomplishments of N.C. State's first 100 years of basketball were relived during a highlight video on the RBC Center scoreboards.